135 Shout praises to the Lord! You are his servants, so praise his name. 2 All who serve in the temple of the Lord our God, 3 come and shout praises. Praise the name of the Lord! He is kind and good. 4 He chose the family of Jacob and the people of Israel for his very own.
5 The Lord is much greater than any other god. 6 He does as he chooses in heaven and on earth and deep in the sea. 7 The Lord makes the clouds rise from far across the earth, and he makes lightning to go with the rain. Then from his secret place he sends out the wind.
8 The Lord killed the first-born of people and animals in the land of Egypt. 9 God used miracles and wonders to fight the king of Egypt and all of his officials. 10 He destroyed many nations and killed powerful kings, 11 including King Sihon of the Amorites and King Og of Bashan. He conquered every kingdom in the land of Canaan 12 and gave their property to his people Israel.
13 The name of the Lord will be remembered forever, and he will be famous for all time to come. 14 The Lord will bring justice and show mercy to all who serve him.
15 Idols of silver and gold are made and worshiped in other nations. 16 They have a mouth and eyes, but they can’t speak or see. 17 They are completely deaf, and they can’t breathe. 18 Everyone who makes idols and all who trust them will end up as helpless as their idols.
19 Everyone in Israel, come praise the Lord! All the family of Aaron 20 and all the tribe of Levi,[a] come praise the Lord! All of his worshipers, come praise the Lord. 21 Praise the Lord from Zion! He lives here in Jerusalem. Shout praises to the Lord!
God’s Love Never Fails
136 Praise the Lord! He is good. God’s love never fails. 2 Praise the God of all gods. God’s love never fails. 3 Praise the Lord of lords. God’s love never fails.
4 Only God works great miracles.[b] God’s love never fails. 5 With wisdom he made the sky. God’s love never fails. 6 The Lord stretched the earth over the ocean. God’s love never fails. 7 He made the bright lights in the sky. God’s love never fails. 8 He lets the sun rule each day. God’s love never fails. 9 He lets the moon and the stars rule each night. God’s love never fails.
10 God struck down the first-born in every Egyptian family. God’s love never fails. 11 He rescued Israel from Egypt. God’s love never fails. 12 God used his great strength and his powerful arm. God’s love never fails. 13 He split the Red Sea[c] apart. God’s love never fails.
14 The Lord brought Israel safely through the sea. God’s love never fails. 15 He destroyed the Egyptian king and his army there. God’s love never fails. 16 The Lord led his people through the desert. God’s love never fails.
17 Our God defeated mighty kings. God’s love never fails. 18 And he killed famous kings. God’s love never fails. 19 One of them was Sihon, king of the Amorites. God’s love never fails. 20 Another was King Og of Bashan. God’s love never fails. 21 God took away their land. God’s love never fails. 22 He gave their land to Israel, the people who serve him. God’s love never fails.
23 God saw the trouble we were in. God’s love never fails. 24 He rescued us from our enemies. God’s love never fails. 25 He gives food to all who live. God’s love never fails.
26 Praise God in heaven! God’s love never fails.
135.19,20Aaron. . . Levi: Aaron was from the tribe of Levi, and all priests were from his family. The temple helpers, singers, and musicians were also from the tribe of Levi.
136.4great miracles: One Hebrew manuscript and one ancient translation have “miracles.”
1 Corinthians 12Contemporary English Version (CEV)
12 My friends, you asked me about spiritual gifts. 2 I want you to remember that before you became followers of the Lord, you were led in all the wrong ways by idols that cannot even talk. 3 Now I want you to know that if you are led by God’s Spirit, you will say that Jesus is Lord, and you will never curse Jesus.
4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Spirit. 5 There are different ways to serve the same Lord, 6 and we can each do different things. Yet the same God works in all of us and helps us in everything we do.
7 The Spirit has given each of us a special way of serving others. 8 Some of us can speak with wisdom, while others can speak with knowledge, but these gifts come from the same Spirit. 9 To others the Spirit has given great faith or the power to heal the sick 10 or the power to work mighty miracles. Some of us are prophets, and some of us recognize when God’s Spirit is present.[a] Others can speak different kinds of languages, and still others can tell what these languages mean. 11 But it is the Spirit who does all this and decides which gifts to give to each of us.
One Body with Many Parts
12 The body of Christ has many different parts, just as any other body does. 13 Some of us are Jews, and others are Gentiles. Some of us are slaves, and others are free. But God’s Spirit baptized each of us and made us part of the body of Christ. Now we each drink from that same Spirit.[b]
14 Our bodies don’t have just one part. They have many parts. 15 Suppose a foot says, “I’m not a hand, and so I’m not part of the body.” Wouldn’t the foot still belong to the body? 16 Or suppose an ear says, “I’m not an eye, and so I’m not part of the body.” Wouldn’t the ear still belong to the body? 17 If our bodies were only an eye, we couldn’t hear a thing. And if they were only an ear, we couldn’t smell a thing. 18 But God has put all parts of our body together in the way that he decided is best.
19 A body isn’t really a body, unless there is more than one part. 20 It takes many parts to make a single body. 21 That’s why the eyes cannot say they don’t need the hands. That’s also why the head cannot say it doesn’t need the feet. 22 In fact, we cannot get along without the parts of the body that seem to be the weakest. 23 We take special care to dress up some parts of our bodies. We are modest about our personal parts, 24 but we don’t have to be modest about other parts.
God put our bodies together in such a way that even the parts that seem the least important are valuable. 25 He did this to make all parts of the body work together smoothly, with each part caring about the others. 26 If one part of our body hurts, we hurt all over. If one part of our body is honored, the whole body will be happy.
27 Together you are the body of Christ. Each one of you is part of his body. 28 First, God chose some people to be apostles and prophets and teachers for the church. But he also chose some to work miracles or heal the sick or help others or be leaders or speak different kinds of languages. 29 Not everyone is an apostle. Not everyone is a prophet. Not everyone is a teacher. Not everyone can work miracles. 30 Not everyone can heal the sick. Not everyone can speak different kinds of languages. Not everyone can tell what these languages mean. 31 I want you to desire the best gifts.[c] So I will show you a much better way.
12.10and some of us. . . present: Or “and some of us recognize the difference between God’s Spirit and other spirits.”
12.13Some of us are Jews. . . that same Spirit: Verse 13 may also be translated, “God’s Spirit is inside each of us, and all around us as well. So it doesn’t matter that some of us are Jews and others are Gentiles and that some are slaves and others are free. Together we are one body.”
12.31I want you to desire the best gifts: Or “You desire the best gifts.”
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