Psalm 99 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
1 The Lord reigns,
4 The King is mighty, he loves justice –
6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
8 Lord our God,
1 Corinthians 12:1-26 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
Concerning spiritual gifts
12 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to dumb idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, ‘Jesus be cursed,’ and no one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
Unity and diversity in the body
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptised by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body – whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 And so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 Now if the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’ 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honourable we treat with special honour. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honour to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it.
Song of Solomon 1-4 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
1 Solomon’s Song of Songs.
2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth –
We rejoice and delight in you;[b]
How right they are to adore you!
5 Dark am I, yet lovely,
8 If you do not know, most beautiful of women,
9 I liken you, my darling, to a mare
12 While the king was at his table,
15 How beautiful you are, my darling!
16 How handsome you are, my beloved!
17 The beams of our house are cedars;
2 I am a rose[e] of Sharon,
2 Like a lily among thorns
3 Like an apple[f] tree among the trees of the forest
8 Listen! My beloved!
14 My dove in the clefts of the rock,
16 My beloved is mine and I am his;
3 All night long on my bed
6 Who is this coming up from the wilderness
4 How beautiful you are, my darling!
8 Come with me from Lebanon, my bride,
16 Awake, north wind,