The Lord’s Care over All His Works.

104 (A)Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God, You are very great;
You are (B)clothed with splendor and majesty,
Covering Yourself with (C)light as with a cloak,
(D)Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain.
[a]He (E)lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters;
[b]He makes the (F)clouds His chariot;
[c]He walks upon the (G)wings of the wind;
[d]He makes [e](H)the winds His messengers,
[f]Flaming (I)fire His ministers.

He (J)established the earth upon its foundations,
So that it will not [g]totter forever and ever.
You (K)covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters were standing above the mountains.
At Your (L)rebuke they fled,
At the (M)sound of Your thunder they hurried away.
The mountains rose; the valleys sank down
To the (N)place which You established for them.
You set a (O)boundary that they may not pass over,
So that they will not return to cover the earth.

10 [h]He sends forth (P)springs in the valleys;
They flow between the mountains;
11 They (Q)give drink to every beast of the field;
The (R)wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 [i]Beside them the birds of the heavens (S)dwell;
They [j]lift up their voices among the branches.
13 [k]He (T)waters the mountains from His upper chambers;
(U)The earth is satisfied with the fruit of His works.

14 [l]He causes the (V)grass to grow for the [m]cattle,
And (W)vegetation for the [n]labor of man,
So that [o]he may bring forth [p]food (X)from the earth,
15 And (Y)wine which makes man’s heart glad,
(Z)So that he may make his face glisten with oil,
And [q]food which (AA)sustains man’s heart.
16 The trees of the Lord [r]drink their fill,
The cedars of Lebanon which He planted,
17 Where the (AB)birds build their nests,
And the (AC)stork, whose home is the [s]fir trees.

18 The high mountains are for the (AD)wild goats;
The (AE)cliffs are a refuge for the [t](AF)shephanim.
19 He made the moon (AG)for the seasons;
The (AH)sun knows the place of its setting.
20 You (AI)appoint darkness and it becomes night,
In which all the (AJ)beasts of the forest [u]prowl about.
21 The (AK)young lions roar after their prey
[v]And (AL)seek their food from God.
22 When the sun rises they withdraw
And lie down in their (AM)dens.
23 Man goes forth to (AN)his work
And to his labor until evening.

24 O Lord, how (AO)many are Your works!
[w]In (AP)wisdom You have made them all;
The (AQ)earth is full of Your [x]possessions.
25 [y]There is the (AR)sea, great and [z]broad,
In which are swarms without number,
Animals both small and great.
26 There the (AS)ships move along,
And [aa](AT)Leviathan, which You have formed to sport in it.

27 They all (AU)wait for You
To (AV)give them their food in [ab]due season.
28 You give to them, they gather it up;
You (AW)open Your hand, they are satisfied with good.
29 You (AX)hide Your face, they are dismayed;
You (AY)take away their [ac]spirit, they expire
And (AZ)return to their dust.
30 You send forth Your [ad](BA)Spirit, they are created;
And You renew the face of the ground.

31 Let the (BB)glory of the Lord endure forever;
Let the Lord (BC)be glad in His works;
32 [ae]He (BD)looks at the earth, and it (BE)trembles;
He (BF)touches the mountains, and they smoke.
33 [af]I will sing to the Lord [ag](BG)as long as I live;
[ah]I will (BH)sing praise to my God [ai]while I have my being.
34 Let my (BI)meditation be pleasing to Him;
As for me, I shall (BJ)be glad in the Lord.
35 Let sinners be (BK)consumed from the earth
And let the (BL)wicked be no more.
(BM)Bless the Lord, O my soul.
[aj](BN)Praise [ak]the Lord!

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 104:3 Lit The one who
  2. Psalm 104:3 Lit The one who
  3. Psalm 104:3 Lit The one who
  4. Psalm 104:4 Lit Who
  5. Psalm 104:4 Or His angels, spirits
  6. Psalm 104:4 Or His ministers flames of fire
  7. Psalm 104:5 Or move out of place
  8. Psalm 104:10 Lit The one who sends
  9. Psalm 104:12 Or Over, Above
  10. Psalm 104:12 Lit give forth
  11. Psalm 104:13 Lit Who
  12. Psalm 104:14 Lit Who
  13. Psalm 104:14 Or beasts
  14. Psalm 104:14 Or cultivation by or service of
  15. Psalm 104:14 Or He
  16. Psalm 104:14 Lit bread
  17. Psalm 104:15 Lit bread
  18. Psalm 104:16 Lit are satisfied
  19. Psalm 104:17 Or cypress
  20. Psalm 104:18 Small, shy, furry animals (Hyrax syriacus) found in the peninsula of the Sinai, northern Israel, and the region round the Dead Sea; KJV coney, orig NASB rock badgers
  21. Psalm 104:20 Lit creep
  22. Psalm 104:21 Lit And to seek
  23. Psalm 104:24 Or With
  24. Psalm 104:24 Or creatures
  25. Psalm 104:25 Or This
  26. Psalm 104:25 Or broad of dimensions (lit hands)
  27. Psalm 104:26 Or a sea monster
  28. Psalm 104:27 Lit its appointed time
  29. Psalm 104:29 Or breath
  30. Psalm 104:30 Or breath
  31. Psalm 104:32 Lit The one who
  32. Psalm 104:33 Or Let me sing
  33. Psalm 104:33 Lit in my lifetime
  34. Psalm 104:33 Or Let me sing
  35. Psalm 104:33 Lit while I still am
  36. Psalm 104:35 Or Hallelujah!
  37. Psalm 104:35 Heb Yah

Israel Invoked to Praise the Lord.

149 [a]Praise [b]the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a (A)new song,
And His praise (B)in the congregation of the godly ones.
Let Israel be glad in (C)his Maker;
Let the sons of Zion rejoice in their (D)King.
Let them praise His name with (E)dancing;
Let them sing praises to Him with (F)timbrel and lyre.
For the Lord (G)takes pleasure in His people;
He will (H)beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.

Let the (I)godly ones exult in glory;
Let them (J)sing for joy on their beds.
Let the (K)high praises of God be in their [c]mouth,
And a (L)two-edged (M)sword in their hand,
To (N)execute vengeance on the nations
And punishment on the peoples,
To bind their kings (O)with chains
And their (P)nobles with fetters of iron,
To (Q)execute on them the judgment written;
This is an (R)honor for all His godly ones.
[d]Praise [e]the Lord!

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 149:1 Or Hallelujah!
  2. Psalm 149:1 Heb Yah
  3. Psalm 149:6 Lit throat
  4. Psalm 149:9 Or Hallelujah!
  5. Psalm 149:9 Heb Yah

22 “The Lord possessed me (A)at the beginning of His way,
Before His works [a]of old.
23 “From everlasting I was [b](B)established,
From the beginning, (C)from the earliest times of the earth.
24 “When there were no (D)depths I was [c]brought forth,
When there were no springs abounding with water.
25 (E)Before the mountains were settled,
Before the hills I was [d]brought forth;
26 While He had not yet made the earth and the [e]fields,
Nor the first dust of the world.
27 “When He (F)established the heavens, I was there,
When (G)He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,
28 When He made firm the skies above,
When the springs of the deep became [f]fixed,
29 When (H)He set for the sea its boundary
So that the water would not transgress His [g]command,
When He marked out (I)the foundations of the earth;
30 Then (J)I was beside Him, as a master workman;
And I was daily His delight,
[h]Rejoicing always before Him,
31 [i]Rejoicing in the world, His earth,
And having (K)my delight in the sons of men.

32 “Now therefore, O sons, (L)listen to me,
For (M)blessed are they who keep my ways.
33 (N)Heed instruction and be wise,
And do not neglect it.
34 (O)Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at my doorposts.
35 “For (P)he who finds me finds life
And (Q)obtains favor from the Lord.
36 “But he who [j]sins against me (R)injures himself;
All those who (S)hate me (T)love death.”

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 8:22 Lit from then
  2. Proverbs 8:23 Or consecrated
  3. Proverbs 8:24 Or born
  4. Proverbs 8:25 Or born
  5. Proverbs 8:26 Lit outside places
  6. Proverbs 8:28 Lit strong
  7. Proverbs 8:29 Lit mouth
  8. Proverbs 8:30 Or Playing
  9. Proverbs 8:31 Or Playing
  10. Proverbs 8:36 Or misses me

You Walk in the Truth

(A)The elder to the beloved (B)Gaius, whom I (C)love in truth.

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. For I (D)was very glad when (E)brethren came and testified to your truth, that is, how you (F)are walking in truth. I have no greater joy than [a]this, to hear of (G)my children (H)walking in the truth.

Beloved, you are acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish for the (I)brethren, and [b]especially when they are (J)strangers; and they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to (K)send them on their way in a manner (L)worthy of God. For they went out for the sake of (M)the Name, (N)accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to [c]support such men, so that we may [d]be fellow workers [e]with the truth.

I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to (O)be first among them, does not accept [f]what we say. 10 For this reason, (P)if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words; and not satisfied with this, he himself does not (Q)receive the (R)brethren, either, and he forbids those who desire to do so and (S)puts them out of the church.

11 Beloved, (T)do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. (U)The one who does good is of God; (V)the one who does evil has not seen God. 12 Demetrius (W)has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself; and we add our testimony, and (X)you know that our testimony is true.

13 (Y)I had many things to write to you, but I am not willing to write them to you with pen and ink; 14 but I hope to see you shortly, and we will speak face to face.

15 (Z)Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends (AA)by name.

Footnotes

  1. 3 John 1:4 Lit these things, that I hear
  2. 3 John 1:5 Lit this
  3. 3 John 1:8 Or receive such men as guests
  4. 3 John 1:8 Or prove ourselves to be
  5. 3 John 1:8 Or for
  6. 3 John 1:9 Lit us

15 But Jesus, [a]aware of this, withdrew from there. Many followed Him, and (A)He healed them all, 16 and (B)warned them not to [b]tell who He was. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet:

18 (C)Behold, My [c]Servant whom I [d]have chosen;
(D)My Beloved in whom My soul [e]is well-pleased;
(E)I will put My Spirit upon Him,
(F)And He shall proclaim [f]justice to the [g]Gentiles.
19 (G)He will not quarrel, nor cry out;
Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.
20 (H)A battered reed He will not break off,
And a smoldering wick He will not put out,
Until He [h]leads [i]justice to victory.
21 (I)And in His name the [j]Gentiles will hope.”

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 12:15 Lit knowing
  2. Matthew 12:16 Lit make Him known
  3. Matthew 12:18 Lit Child
  4. Matthew 12:18 Lit chose
  5. Matthew 12:18 Or took pleasure
  6. Matthew 12:18 Or judgment
  7. Matthew 12:18 Or nations
  8. Matthew 12:20 Or puts forth
  9. Matthew 12:20 Or judgment
  10. Matthew 12:21 Or nations