Psalm 73-76 English Standard Version (ESV)
God Is My Strength and Portion Forever
A Psalm of Asaph.
73 Truly God is good to Israel,
4 For they have no pangs until death;
16 But when I thought how to understand this,
18 Truly you set them in slippery places;
23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
27 For behold, those who are far from you shall perish;
Arise, O God, Defend Your Cause
A Maskil[c] of Asaph.
74 O God, why do you cast us off forever?
4 Your foes have roared in the midst of your meeting place;
9 We do not see our signs;
12 Yet God my King is from of old,
18 Remember this, O Lord, how the enemy scoffs,
20 Have regard for the covenant,
22 Arise, O God, defend your cause;
God Will Judge with Equity
To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.
75 We give thanks to you, O God;
2 “At the set time that I appoint
6 For not from the east or from the west
9 But I will declare it forever;
Who Can Stand Before You?
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.
76 In Judah God is known;
4 Glorious are you, more majestic
7 But you, you are to be feared!
10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise you;
2 Corinthians 2 English Standard Version (ESV)
2 For I made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you. 2 For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained? 3 And I wrote as I did, so that when I came I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice, for I felt sure of all of you, that my joy would be the joy of you all. 4 For I wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you.
Forgive the Sinner
5 Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you. 6 For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, 7 so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8 So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. 9 For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything. 10 Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, 11 so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.
Triumph in Christ
12 When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though a door was opened for me in the Lord, 13 my spirit was not at rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I took leave of them and went on to Macedonia.
14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, 16 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.
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