The Thirsting Soul Satisfied in God.

A Psalm of David, [a]when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

63 God, (A)You are my God; I shall be watching for You;
My soul (B)thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
In a (C)dry and exhausted land where there is no water.
So have I (D)seen You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and glory.
Because Your [b](E)favor is better than life,
My lips will praise You.
So I will bless You (F)as long as I live;
I will (G)lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul is (H)satisfied as with fat and fatness,
And my mouth offers (I)praises with joyful lips.

When I remember You (J)on my bed,
I meditate on You in the (K)night watches,
For (L)You have been my help,
And in the (M)shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
My soul (N)clings [c]to You;
Your (O)right hand takes hold of me.

But those who (P)seek my [d]life to destroy it,
Will go into the [e](Q)depths of the earth.
10 [f]They will be [g](R)turned over to the power of the sword;
They will be a [h](S)prey for foxes.
11 But the (T)king will rejoice in God;
Everyone who (U)swears by Him will boast,
For the (V)mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped.


  1. Psalm 63 Title 1 Sam 22:5; 23:14
  2. Psalm 63:3 Or faithfulness
  3. Psalm 63:8 Lit after
  4. Psalm 63:9 Lit soul
  5. Psalm 63:9 Lit lowest places
  6. Psalm 63:10 Lit They will pour him out
  7. Psalm 63:10 Lit poured out by
  8. Psalm 63:10 Lit portion

Israel Invoked to Praise the Lord.

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

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


  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

28 Then (A)the young woman ran and told her mother’s household about these things. 29 Now Rebekah had a brother whose name was (B)Laban; and Laban ran outside to the man at the spring. 30 When he saw the ring and the bracelets on his sister’s [a]wrists, and when he heard the words of his sister Rebekah, saying, “[b]This is what the man said to me,” he went to the man; and behold, he was standing by the camels at the spring. 31 And he said, “(C)Come in, (D)blessed of the Lord! Why do you stand outside, since (E)I have prepared the house, and a place for the camels?” 32 So the man entered the house. Then [c](F)Laban unloaded the camels, and he gave straw and feed to the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him. 33 But when food was set before him to eat, he said, “I will not eat until I have stated my business.” And he said, “Speak on.” 34 So he said, “I am (G)Abraham’s servant. 35 The Lord has greatly (H)blessed my master, so that he has become [d]rich; and He has given him (I)flocks and herds, and silver and gold, and servants and slave women, and camels and donkeys. 36 Now (J)my master’s wife Sarah bore a son to my master [e]in her old age, and (K)he has given him all that he has. 37 (L)My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; 38 but you shall go to my father’s house and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son.’

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  1. Genesis 24:30 Lit hands
  2. Genesis 24:30 Lit Thus the man
  3. Genesis 24:32 Lit he
  4. Genesis 24:35 Lit great
  5. Genesis 24:36 Lit after she was old

49 So now if you are going to [a](A)deal kindly and truthfully with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me now, so that I may turn to the right or the left.”

50 Then Laban and Bethuel replied, “(B)The matter has come from the Lord; (C)so we cannot speak to you bad or good. 51 Here is Rebekah before you, take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has spoken.”

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  1. Genesis 24:49 Lit show kindness and truth to

12 Therefore, [a](A)strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, 13 and (B)make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is impaired may not be dislocated, but rather (C)be healed.

14 (D)Pursue peace with all people, and the (E)holiness without which no one will (F)see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one (G)comes short of the grace of God; that no (H)root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many become (I)defiled; 16 that there be no (J)sexually immoral or (K)godless person like Esau, (L)who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that even afterward, (M)when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.

Contrast of Sinai and Zion

18 (N)For you have not come to (O)a mountain that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind, 19 and to the (P)blast of a trumpet and the (Q)sound of words, which sound was such that those who heard (R)begged that no further word be spoken to them. 20 For they could not [b]cope with the command, “(S)If even an animal touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” 21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, “(T)I am terrified and trembling.” 22 But (U)you have come to Mount Zion and to (V)the city of (W)the living God, (X)the heavenly Jerusalem, and to (Y)myriads of [c]angels, 23 to the general assembly and (Z)church of the firstborn who (AA)are enrolled in heaven, and to God, (AB)the Judge of all, and to the (AC)spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the (AD)mediator of a new covenant, and to the (AE)sprinkled blood, which speaks better than (AF)the blood of Abel.

The Unshaken Kingdom

25 (AG)See to it that you do not refuse Him who is (AH)speaking. For (AI)if those did not escape when they (AJ)refused him who (AK)warned them on earth, [d]much less will we escape who turn away from Him who (AL)warns us from heaven. 26 And (AM)His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “(AN)Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.” 27 This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes (AO)the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we receive a (AP)kingdom which cannot be shaken, let’s [e]show gratitude, by which we may (AQ)offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; 29 for (AR)our God is a consuming fire.

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  1. Hebrews 12:12 Lit make straight
  2. Hebrews 12:20 Lit bear
  3. Hebrews 12:22 Or angels in festive gathering, and to the church
  4. Hebrews 12:25 Lit much rather we will not escape...
  5. Hebrews 12:28 Lit have

14 But when it was now the middle of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple area, and began to (A)teach. 15 (B)The Jews then were astonished, saying, “How has this man (C)become learned, not having been educated?” 16 So Jesus answered them and said, (D)My teaching is not My own, but His who sent Me. 17 (E)If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know about the teaching, whether it is of God, or I am speaking from Myself. 18 The one who speaks from himself (F)seeks his own glory; but He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

19 (G)Did Moses not give you the Law, and yet none of you carries out the Law? Why are you (H)seeking to kill Me?” 20 The crowd answered, “(I)You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill You?” 21 Jesus answered them, “I did (J)one [a]deed, and you all are astonished. 22 For this reason (K)Moses has given you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from (L)the fathers), and even on a Sabbath you circumcise a man. 23 (M)If a man receives circumcision on a Sabbath so that the Law of Moses will not be broken, are you angry at Me because I made an entire man well on a Sabbath? 24 Do not (N)judge by the outward appearance, but judge [b]with righteous judgment.”

25 So some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, “Is this man not the one whom they are seeking to kill? 26 And yet look, He is speaking publicly, and they are saying nothing to Him. (O)The rulers do not really know that this is the [c]Christ, do they? 27 However, (P)we know where this man is from; but when the Christ comes, no one knows where He is from.” 28 Then Jesus cried out in the temple, (Q)teaching and saying, (R)You both know Me and you know where I am from; and (S)I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know. 29 (T)I do know Him, because (U)I am from Him, and (V)He sent Me.” 30 So they (W)were seeking to arrest Him; and yet no one laid a hand on Him, because His (X)hour had not yet come. 31 But (Y)many of the crowd believed in Him; and they were saying, “(Z)When the [d]Christ comes, He will not perform more [e](AA)signs than those which this man has done, will He?”

32 The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering these things about Him, and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent (AB)officers to (AC)arrest Him. 33 Therefore Jesus said, (AD)For a little while longer I am going to be with you, and then (AE)I am going to Him who sent Me. 34 (AF)You will seek Me, and will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come.” 35 (AG)The Jews then said to one another, “(AH)Where does this man intend to go that we will not find Him? He does not intend to go to (AI)the Dispersion among (AJ)the Greeks, and teach the Greeks, does He? 36 What is this statement that He said, (AK)You will seek Me, and will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come’?”

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  1. John 7:21 Or work
  2. John 7:24 Lit the righteous judgment
  3. John 7:26 I.e., Messiah
  4. John 7:31 I.e., Messiah
  5. John 7:31 I.e., confirming miracles

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