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Psalm 99

Our Lord Is King

99 Our Lord, you are King!
    You rule from your throne
above the winged creatures,[a]
    as people tremble
    and the earth shakes.
You are praised in Zion,
    and you control all nations.
Only you are God!
    And your power alone,
    so great and fearsome,
    is worthy of praise.
You are our mighty King,[b]
    a lover of fairness,
    who sees that justice is done
    everywhere in Israel.
Our Lord and our God,
    we praise you
    and kneel down to worship you,
    the God of holiness!

Moses and Aaron were two
    of your priests.
Samuel was also one of those
    who prayed in your name,
    and you, our Lord,
    answered their prayers.
You spoke to them
from a thick cloud,
    and they obeyed your laws.

Our Lord and our God,
you answered their prayers
    and forgave their sins,
    but when they did wrong,
    you punished them.
We praise you, Lord God,
    and we worship you
at your sacred mountain.
    Only you are God!

Footnotes:

  1. 99.1 winged creatures: See the note at 80.1.
  2. 99.4 You. . . King: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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Exodus 31:1-11

The Lord Chooses Bezalel and Oholiab

31 The Lord said to Moses:

I have chosen Bezalel[a] from the Judah tribe to make the sacred tent and its furnishings. 3-5 Not only have I filled him with my Spirit, but I have given him wisdom and made him a skilled craftsman who can create objects of art with gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood. I have appointed Oholiab[b] from the tribe of Dan to work with him, and I have also given skills to those who will help them make everything exactly as I have commanded you: 7-11 the sacred tent with its furnishings, the sacred chest with its place of mercy, the table with all that is on it, the lamp with its equipment, the incense altar, the altar for sacrifices with its equipment, the bronze bowl with its stand, the beautiful priestly clothes for Aaron and his sons, the oil for dedication and ordination services, and the sweet-smelling incense for the holy place.

Footnotes:

  1. 31.2 Bezalel: Hebrew “Bezalel, son of Uri and grandson of Hur.”
  2. 31.6 Oholiab: Hebrew “Oholiab son of Ahisamach.”
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1 Peter 5:1-5

Helping Christian Leaders

Church leaders,[a] I am writing to encourage you. I too am a leader, as well as a witness to Christ’s suffering, and I will share in his glory when it is shown to us.

Just as shepherds watch over their sheep, you must watch over everyone God has placed in your care. Do it willingly in order to please God, and not simply because you think you must. Let it be something you want to do, instead of something you do merely to make money. Don’t be bossy to those people who are in your care, but set an example for them. Then when Christ the Chief Shepherd returns, you will be given a crown that will never lose its glory.

All of you young people should obey your elders. In fact, everyone should be humble toward everyone else. The Scriptures say,

“God opposes proud people,
but he helps everyone
    who is humble.”

Footnotes:

  1. 5.1 Church leaders: Or “Elders” or “Presbyters” or “Priests.”
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