104 Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty, 2 Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak, Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain. 3 [a]He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters; [b]He makes the clouds His chariot; [c]He walks upon the wings of the wind; 4 [d]He makes [e]the winds His messengers, [f]Flaming fire His ministers.
5 He established the earth upon its foundations, So that it will not [g]totter forever and ever. 6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment; The waters were standing above the mountains. 7 At Your rebuke they fled, At the sound of Your thunder they hurried away. 8 The mountains rose; the valleys sank down To the place which You established for them. 9 You set a boundary that they may not pass over, So that they will not return to cover the earth.
10 [h]He sends forth springs in the valleys; They flow between the mountains; 11 They give drink to every beast of the field; The wild donkeys quench their thirst. 12 [i]Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; They [j]lift up their voices among the branches. 13 [k]He waters the mountains from His upper chambers; The earth is satisfied with the fruit of His works.
14 [l]He causes the grass to grow for the [m]cattle, And vegetation for the [n]labor of man, So that [o]he may bring forth [p]food from the earth, 15 And wine which makes man’s heart glad, So that he may make his face glisten with oil, And [q]food which sustains man’s heart. 16 The trees of the Lord[r]drink their fill, The cedars of Lebanon which He planted, 17 Where the birds build their nests, And the stork, whose home is the [s]fir trees.
18 The high mountains are for the wild goats; The cliffs are a refuge for the [t]shephanim. 19 He made the moon for the seasons; The sun knows the place of its setting. 20 You appoint darkness and it becomes night, In which all the beasts of the forest [u]prowl about. 21 The young lions roar after their prey [v]And seek their food from God. 22 When the sun rises they withdraw And lie down in their dens. 23 Man goes forth to his work And to his labor until evening.
24 O Lord, how many are Your works! [w]In wisdom You have made them all; The earth is full of Your [x]possessions. 25 [y]There is the sea, great and [z]broad, In which are swarms without number, Animals both small and great. 26 There the ships move along, And[aa]Leviathan, which You have formed to sport in it.
27 They all wait for You To give them their food in [ab]due season. 28 You give to them, they gather it up; You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good. 29 You hide Your face, they are dismayed; You take away their [ac]spirit, they expire And return to their dust. 30 You send forth Your [ad]Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the ground.
31 Let the glory of the Lord endure forever; Let the Lordbe glad in His works; 32 [ae]He looks at the earth, and it trembles; He touches the mountains, and they smoke. 33 [af]I will sing to the Lord[ag]as long as I live; [ah]I will sing praise to my God [ai]while I have my being. 34 Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord. 35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth And let the wicked be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul. [aj]Praise [ak]the Lord!
149 [a]Praise [b]the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones. 2 Let Israel be glad in his Maker; Let the sons of Zion rejoice in their King. 3 Let them praise His name with dancing; Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre. 4 For the Lordtakes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.
5 Let the godly ones exult in glory; Let them sing for joy on their beds. 6 Let the high praises of God be in their [c]mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, 7 To execute vengeance on the nations And punishment on the peoples, 8 To bind their kings with chains And their nobles with fetters of iron, 9 To execute on them the judgment written; This is an honor for all His godly ones. [d]Praise [e]the Lord!
Proverbs 8:22-36New American Standard Bible (NASB)
22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works [a]of old. 23 “From everlasting I was [b]established, From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth. 24 “When there were no depths I was [c]brought forth, When there were no springs abounding with water. 25 “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 established the heavens, I was there, When 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 He set for the sea its boundary So that the water would not transgress His [g]command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth; 30 Then 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 havingmy delight in the sons of men.
32 “Now therefore, O sons, listen to me, For blessed are they who keep my ways. 33 “Heed instruction and be wise, And do not neglect it. 34 “Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts. 35 “For he who finds me finds life And obtains favor from the Lord. 36 “But he who [j]sins against me injures himself; All those who hate me love death.”
1 The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
2 Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.3 For I was very glad when brethren came and testified to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth.4 I have no greater joy than [a]this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.
5 Beloved, you are acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish for the brethren, and [b]especially when they arestrangers;6 and they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God.7 For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles.8 Therefore we ought to [c]support such men, so that we may [d]be fellow workers [e]with the truth.
9 I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept [f]what we say.10 For this reason, 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 receive the brethren, either, and he forbids those who desire to do so and puts them out of the church.
11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.12 Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself; and we add our testimony, and you know that our testimony is true.
13 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 Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.
Matthew 12:15-21New American Standard Bible (NASB)
15 But Jesus, [a]aware of this, withdrew from there. Many followed Him, and He healed them all,16 and warned them not to [b]tell who He was.17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet:
18 “Behold, My[c]Servant whom I [d]have chosen; My Beloved in whom My soul[e]is well-pleased; I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He shall proclaim[f]justice to the[g]Gentiles. 19 “He will not quarrel, nor cry out; Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. 20 “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 “And in His name the[j]Gentiles will hope.”
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