94 Lord God, you punish the guilty. Show what you are like and punish them now. 2 You judge the earth. Come and help us! Pay back those proud people for what they have done. 3 How long will the wicked celebrate and be glad?
4 All of those cruel people strut and boast, 5 and they crush and wound your chosen nation, Lord. 6 They murder widows, foreigners, and orphans. 7 Then they say, “The Lord God of Jacob doesn’t see or know.”
8 Can’t you fools see? Won’t you ever learn? 9 God gave us ears and eyes! Can’t he hear and see? 10 God instructs the nations and gives knowledge to us all. Won’t he also correct us? 11 The Lord knows how useless our plans really are.
12 Our Lord, you bless everyone that you instruct and teach by using your Law. 13 You give them rest from their troubles, until a pit can be dug for the wicked. 14 You won’t turn your back on your chosen nation. 15 Justice and fairness will go hand in hand, and all who do right will follow along.
16 Who will stand up for me against those cruel people? 17 If you had not helped me, Lord, I would soon have gone to the land of silence.[a] 18 When I felt my feet slipping, you came with your love and kept me steady. 19 And when I was burdened with worries, you comforted me and made me feel secure. 20 But you are opposed to dishonest lawmakers 21 who gang up to murder innocent victims.
22 You, Lord God, are my fortress, that mighty rock[b] where I am safe. 23 You will pay back my enemies, and you will wipe them out for the evil they did.
Worship and Obey the Lord
95 Sing joyful songs to the Lord! Praise the mighty rock [c] where we are safe. 2 Come to worship him with thankful hearts and songs of praise.
3 The Lord is the greatest God, king over all other gods. 4 He holds the deepest part of the earth in his hands, and the mountain peaks belong to him. 5 The ocean is the Lord’s because he made it, and with his own hands he formed the dry land.
6 Bow down and worship the Lord our Creator! 7 The Lord is our God, and we are his people, the sheep he takes care of in his own pasture.
Listen to God’s voice today! 8 Don’t be stubborn and rebel as your ancestors did at Meribah and Massah[d] out in the desert. 9 For forty years they tested God and saw the things he did. 10 Then God got tired of them and said, “You never show good sense, and you don’t understand what I want you to do.” 11 In his anger, God told them, “You people will never enter my place of rest.”
Sing a New Song to the Lord
96 Sing a new song to the Lord! Everyone on this earth, sing praises to the Lord, 2 sing and praise his name.
Day after day announce, “The Lord has saved us!” 3 Tell every nation on earth, “The Lord is wonderful and does marvelous things! 4 The Lord is great and deserves our greatest praise! He is the only God worthy of our worship. 5 Other nations worship idols, but the Lord created the heavens. 6 Give honor and praise to the Lord, whose power and beauty fill his holy temple.”
7 Tell everyone of every nation, “Praise the glorious power of the Lord. 8 He is wonderful! Praise him and bring an offering into his temple. 9 Everyone on earth, now tremble and worship the Lord, majestic and holy.”
10 Announce to the nations, “The Lord is King! The world stands firm, never to be shaken, and he will judge its people with fairness.”
11 Tell the heavens and the earth to be glad and celebrate! Command the ocean to roar with all of its creatures 12 and the fields to rejoice with all of their crops. Then every tree in the forest will sing joyful songs 13 to the Lord. He is coming to judge all people on earth with fairness and truth.
94.17land of silence: The grave or the world of the dead.
14 My friends, I am sure that you are very good and that you have all the knowledge you need to teach each other. 15 But I have spoken to you plainly and have tried to remind you of some things. God was so kind to me! 16 He chose me to be a servant of Christ Jesus for the Gentiles and to do the work of a priest in the service of his good news. God did this so that the Holy Spirit could make the Gentiles into a holy offering, pleasing to him.
17 Because of Christ Jesus, I can take pride in my service for God. 18 In fact, all I will talk about is how Christ let me speak and work, so that the Gentiles would obey him. 19 Indeed, I will tell how Christ worked miracles and wonders by the power of the Holy Spirit. I have preached the good news about him all the way from Jerusalem to Illyricum. 20 But I have always tried to preach where people have never heard about Christ. I am like a builder who doesn’t build on anyone else’s foundation. 21 It is just as the Scriptures say,
“All who haven’t been told about him will see him, and those who haven’t heard about him will understand.”
Paul’s Plan To Visit Rome
22 My work has always kept me from coming to see you. 23 Now there is nothing left for me to do in this part of the world, and for years I have wanted to visit you. 24 So I plan to stop off on my way to Spain. Then after a short, but refreshing, visit with you, I hope you will quickly send me on.
25-26 I am now on my way to Jerusalem to deliver the money that the Lord’s followers in Macedonia and Achaia collected for God’s needy people. 27 This is something they really wanted to do. But sharing their money with the Jews was also like paying back a debt, because the Jews had already shared their spiritual blessings with the Gentiles. 28 After I have safely delivered this money, I will visit you and then go on to Spain. 29 And when I do arrive in Rome, I know it will be with the full blessings of Christ.
30 My friends, by the power of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the love that comes from the Holy Spirit, I beg you to pray sincerely with me and for me. 31 Pray that God will protect me from the unbelievers in Judea, and that his people in Jerusalem will be pleased with what I am doing. 32 Ask God to let me come to you and have a pleasant and refreshing visit. 33 I pray that God, who gives peace, will be with all of you. Amen.
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