129 Since the time I was young, enemies have often attacked! Let everyone in Israel say: 2 “Since the time I was young, enemies have often attacked! But they have not defeated me, 3 though my back is like a field that has just been plowed.”
4 The Lord always does right, and he has set me free from the ropes of those cruel people. 5 I pray that all who hate the city of Zion will be made ashamed and forced to turn and run. 6 May they be like grass on the flat roof of a house, grass that dries up as soon as it sprouts. 7 Don’t let them be like wheat gathered in bundles. 8 And don’t let anyone who passes by say to them, “The Lord bless you! I give you my blessing in the name of the Lord.”
(A song for worship.)
Trusting the Lord in Times of Trouble
130 From a sea of troubles I call out to you, Lord. 2 Won’t you please listen as I beg for mercy?
3 If you kept record of our sins, no one could last long. 4 But you forgive us, and so we will worship you.
5 With all my heart, I am waiting, Lord, for you! I trust your promises. 6 I wait for you more eagerly than a soldier on guard duty waits for the dawn. Yes, I wait more eagerly than a soldier on guard duty waits for the dawn.
7 Israel, trust the Lord! He is always merciful, and he has the power to save you. 8 Israel, the Lord will save you from all of your sins.
(A song by David for worship.)
Trust the Lord!
131 I am not conceited, Lord, and I don’t waste my time on impossible schemes. 2 But I have learned to feel safe and satisfied, just like a young child on its mother’s lap.
3 People of Israel, you must trust the Lord now and forever.
1 Corinthians 11:1-16Contemporary English Version (CEV)
11 1 You must follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
Rules for Worship
2 I am proud of you, because you always remember me and obey the teachings I gave you. 3 Now I want you to know that Christ is the head over all men, and a man is the head over a woman. But God is the head over Christ. 4 This means that any man who prays or prophesies with something on his head brings shame to his head.
5 But any woman who prays or prophesies without something on her head brings shame to her head. In fact, she may as well shave her head.[a]6 A woman should wear something on her head. It is a disgrace for a woman to shave her head or cut her hair. But if she refuses to wear something on her head, let her cut off her hair.
7 Men were created to be like God and to bring honor to God. This means that a man should not wear anything on his head. Women were created to bring honor to men. 8 It was the woman who was made from a man, and not the man who was made from a woman. 9 He wasn’t created for her. She was created for him. 10 And so, because of this, and also because of the angels, a woman ought to wear something on her head, as a sign of her authority.[b]
11 As far as the Lord is concerned, men and women need each other. 12 It is true that the first woman came from a man, but all other men have been given birth by women. Yet God is the one who created everything. 13 Ask yourselves if it is proper for a woman to pray without something on her head. 14 Isn’t it unnatural and disgraceful for men to have long hair? 15 But long hair is a beautiful way for a woman to cover her head. 16 This is how things are done in all of God’s churches,[c] and that’s why none of you should argue about what I have said.
11.5she may as well shave her head: A woman’s hair was a mark of beauty, and it was shameful for a woman to cut her hair short or to shave her head, so that she looked like a man.
11.10as a sign of her authority: Or “as a sign that she is under someone’s authority.”
11.16This is how things are done in all of God’s churches: Or “There is no set rule for this in any of God’s churches.”
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