Remember [always] the word and promise to Your servant,
In which You have made me hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction,
That Your word has revived me and given me life.
The arrogant utterly ridicule me,
Yet I do not turn away from Your law.
I have remembered [carefully] Your ancient ordinances, O Lord,
And I have taken comfort.
Burning indignation has seized me because of the wicked,
Who [a]reject Your law.
Your statutes are my songs
In the house of my pilgrimage.
O Lord, I remember Your name in the night,
And keep Your law.
This has become mine [as the gift of Your grace],
That I observe Your precepts [accepting them with loving obedience].
The Lord is my portion;
I have promised to keep Your words.
I sought Your favor with all my heart;
Be merciful and gracious to me according to Your promise.
I considered my ways
And turned my feet to [follow and obey] Your testimonies.
I hurried and did not delay
To keep Your commandments.
The cords of the wicked have encircled and ensnared me,
But I have not forgotten Your law.
At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You
Because of Your righteous ordinances.
I am a companion of all who [reverently] fear You,
And of those who keep and honor Your precepts.
The earth, O Lord, is full of Your lovingkindness and goodness;
Teach me Your statutes.
You have dealt well with Your servant,
O Lord, according to Your promise.
Teach me good judgment (discernment) and knowledge,
For I have believed and trusted and relied on Your commandments.
Before I was afflicted I went astray,
But now I keep and honor Your word [with loving obedience].
You are good and do good;
Teach me Your statutes.
The arrogant have forged a lie against me,
But I will keep Your precepts with all my heart.
Their heart is insensitive like fat [their minds are dull and brutal],
But I delight in Your law.
It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
That I may learn Your statutes.
The law from Your mouth is better to me
Than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
49 Hear this, all peoples;
Listen carefully, all inhabitants of the world,
Both low and high,
Rich and poor together:
My mouth will speak wisdom,
And the meditation of my heart will be understanding.
I will incline my ear and consent to a proverb;
On the lyre I will unfold my riddle.
Why should I fear in the days of evil,
When the wickedness of those who would betray me surrounds me [on every side],
Even those who trust in and rely on their wealth
And boast of the abundance of their riches?
None of them can by any means redeem [either himself or] his brother,
Nor give to God a ransom for him—
For the ransom of his soul is too costly,
And he should cease trying forever—
So that he should live on eternally,
That he should never see the pit (grave) and undergo decay.
For he sees that even wise men die;
The fool and the stupid alike perish
And leave their wealth to others.
Their inward thought is that their houses will continue forever,
And their dwelling places to all generations;
They have named their lands after their own names [ignoring God].
But man, with all his [self] honor and pomp, will not endure;
He is like the beasts that perish.
This is the fate of those who are foolishly confident,
And of those after them who approve [and are influenced by] their words. Selah.
Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead);
Death will be their shepherd;
And the upright shall rule over them in the morning,
And their form and beauty shall [a]be for Sheol to consume,
So that they have no dwelling [on earth].
But God will redeem my life from the power of Sheol,
For He will receive me. Selah.
Be not afraid when [an ungodly] man becomes rich,
When the wealth and glory of his house are increased;
For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
His glory will not descend after him.
Though while he lives he counts himself happy and prosperous—
And though people praise you when you do well for yourself—
He shall go to the generation of his fathers;
They shall never again see the light.
A man [who is held] in honor,
Yet who lacks [spiritual] understanding and a teachable heart, is like the beasts that perish.
53 The [empty-headed] fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt and evil, and have committed repulsive injustice;
There is no one who does good.
God has looked down from heaven upon the children of men
To see if there is anyone who understands,
Who seeks after God [who requires Him, who longs for Him as essential to life].
Every one of them has turned aside and fallen away;
Together they have become filthy and corrupt;
There is no one who does good, no, not even one.
Have workers of wickedness no knowledge or no understanding?
They eat up My people as though they ate bread
And have not called upon God.
There they were, in great terror and dread, where there had been no terror or dread;
For God scattered the bones of him who besieged you;
You have put them to shame, because God has rejected them.
Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
When God restores [the fortunes of] His people,
Let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.
24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings on your behalf. And with my own body I [a]supplement whatever is lacking [on our part] of Christ’s afflictions, on behalf of His body, which is the church. 25 In this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship which God entrusted to me for your sake, so that I might make the word of God fully known [among you]— 26 that is, [b]the mystery which was hidden [from angels and mankind] for ages and generations, but has now been revealed to His saints (God’s people). 27 God [in His eternal plan] chose to make known to them how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in and among you, the hope and guarantee of [realizing the] glory. 28 We proclaim Him, warning and instructing everyone in all wisdom [that is, with comprehensive insight into the word and purposes of God], so that we may present every person complete in Christ [mature, fully trained, and perfect in Him—the Anointed]. 29 For this I labor [often to the point of exhaustion], striving with His power and energy, which so greatly works within me.
2 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those [believers] at [c]Laodicea, and for all who [like yourselves] have never seen me face to face. 2 [For my hope is] that their hearts may be encouraged as they are knit together in [unselfish] [d]love, so that they may have all the riches that come from the full assurance of understanding [the joy of salvation], resulting in a true [and more intimate] knowledge of the [e]mystery of God, that is, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge [regarding the word and purposes of God]. 4 I say this so that no one will deceive you with persuasive [but thoroughly deceptive] arguments. 5 For even though I am absent [from you] in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, [f]delighted to see your good discipline [as you stand shoulder to shoulder and form a solid front] and to see the stability of your faith in Christ [your steadfast reliance on Him and your unwavering confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness].
6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in [union with] Him [reflecting His character in the things you do and say—living lives that lead others away from sin], 7 having been deeply rooted [in Him] and now being continually built up in Him and [becoming increasingly more] established [g]in your faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing in it with gratitude.
27 “But I say to you who hear [Me and pay attention to My words]: [a]Love [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for] your enemies, [make it a practice to] do good to those who hate you, 28 bless and show kindness to those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 Whoever [b]strikes you on the cheek, offer him the other one also [simply ignore insignificant insults or losses and do not bother to retaliate—maintain your dignity]. Whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you. [c]Whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. 31 Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. 32 If you [only] love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 If you lend [money] to those from whom you expect to receive [it back], what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners expecting to receive back the same amount. 35 But love [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for] your enemies, and do good, and lend, [d]expecting nothing in return; for your reward will be great (rich, abundant), and you will be sons of the Most High; because He Himself is kind and gracious and good to the ungrateful and the wicked. 36 Be merciful (responsive, compassionate, tender) just as your [heavenly] Father is merciful.
37 “[e]Do not judge [others self-righteously], and you will not be judged; do not condemn [others when you are guilty and unrepentant], and you will not be condemned [for your hypocrisy]; pardon [others when they truly repent and change], and you will be pardoned [when you truly repent and change]. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over [with no space left for more]. For with the standard of measurement you use [when you do good to others], it will be measured to you in return.”