November 29

Psalms 145

A Song of praise. Of David.

1 Let me give glory to you, O God, my King; and blessing to your name for ever and ever.

2Every day will I give you blessing, praising your name for ever and ever.

3Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; his power may never be searched out.

4One generation after another will give praise to your great acts, and make clear the operation of your strength.

5My thoughts will be of the honour and glory of your rule, and of the wonder of your works.

6Men will be talking of the power and fear of your acts; I will give word of your glory.

7Their sayings will be full of the memory of all your mercy, and they will make songs of your righteousness.

8The Lord is full of grace and pity; not quickly angry, but great in mercy.

9The Lord is good to all men; and his mercies are over all his works.

10All the works of your hands give praise to you, O Lord; and your saints give you blessing.

11Their words will be of the glory of your kingdom, and their talk of your strength;

12So that the sons of men may have knowledge of his acts of power, and of the great glory of his kingdom.

13Your kingdom is an eternal kingdom, and your rule is through all generations.

14The Lord is the support of all who are crushed, and the lifter up of all who are bent down.

15The eyes of all men are waiting for you; and you give them their food in its time.

16By the opening of your hand, every living thing has its desire in full measure.

17The Lord is upright in all his ways, and kind in all his works.

18The Lord is near all those who give honour to his name; even to all who give honour to him with true hearts.

19To his worshippers, he will give their desire; their cry comes to his ears, and he gives them salvation.

20The Lord will keep all his worshippers from danger; but he will send destruction on all sinners.

21My mouth will give praise to the Lord; let all flesh be blessing his holy name for ever and ever.

Lamentations 1

1See her seated by herself, the town which was full of people! She who was great among the nations has become like a widow! She who was a princess among the countries has come under the yoke of forced work!

2She is sorrowing bitterly in the night, and her face is wet with weeping; among all her lovers she has no comforter: all her friends have been false to her, they have become her haters.

3Judah has been taken away as a prisoner because of trouble and hard work; her living-place is among the nations, there is no rest for her: all her attackers have overtaken her in a narrow place.

4The ways of Zion are sad, because no one comes to the holy meeting; all her doorways are made waste, her priests are breathing out sorrow: her virgins are troubled, and it is bitter for her.

5Those who are against her have become the head, everything goes well for her haters; for the Lord has sent sorrow on her because of the great number of her sins: her young children have gone away as prisoners before the attacker.

6And all her glory has gone from the daughter of Zion: her rulers have become like harts with no place for food, and they have gone in flight without strength before the attacker.

7Jerusalem keeps in mind, in the days of her sorrow and of her wanderings, all the desired things which were hers in days gone by; when her people came into the power of her hater and she had no helper, her attackers saw their desire effected on her and made sport of her destruction.

8Great is the sin of Jerusalem; for this cause she has become an unclean thing: all those who gave her honour are looking down on her, because they have seen her shame: now truly, breathing out grief, she is turned back.

9In her skirts were her unclean ways; she gave no thought to her end; and her fall has been a wonder; she has no comforter: see her sorrow, O Lord; for the attacker is lifted up.

10The hand of her hater is stretched out over all her desired things; for she has seen that the nations have come into her holy place, about whom you gave orders that they were not to come into the meeting of your people.

11Breathing out grief all her people are looking for bread; they have given their desired things for food to give them life: see, O Lord, and take note; for she has become a thing of shame.

12Come to me, all you who go by! Keep your eyes on me, and see if there is any pain like the pain of my wound, which the Lord has sent on me in the day of his burning wrath.

13From on high he has sent fire into my bones, and it has overcome them: his net is stretched out for my feet, I am turned back by him; he has made me waste and feeble all the day.

14A watch is kept on my sins; they are joined together by his hand, they have come on to my neck; he has made my strength give way: the Lord has given me up into the hands of those against whom I have no power.

15The Lord has made sport of all my men of war in me, he has got men together against me to send destruction on my young men: the virgin daughter of Judah has been crushed like grapes under the feet of the Lord.

16For these things I am weeping; my eye is streaming with water; because the comforter who might give me new life is far from me: my children are made waste, because the hater is strong.

17Zion’s hands are outstretched; she has no comforter; the Lord has given orders to the attackers of Jacob round about him: Jerusalem has become like an unclean thing among them.

18The Lord is upright; for I have gone against his orders: give ear, now, all you peoples, and see my pain, my virgins and my young men have gone away as prisoners.

19I sent for my lovers, but they were false to me: my priests and my responsible men were breathing their last breath in the town, while they were looking for food to give them new life.

20See, O Lord, for I am in trouble; the inmost parts of my body are deeply moved; my heart is turned in me; for I have been uncontrolled: outside the children are put to the sword, and in the house there is death.

21Give ear to the voice of my grief; I have no comforter; all my haters have news of my troubles, they are glad because you have done it: let the day of fate come when they will be like me.

22Let all their evil-doing come before you; do to them as you have done to me for all my sins: for loud is the sound of my grief, and the strength of my heart is gone.

Lamentations 2

1How has the daughter of Zion been covered with a cloud by the Lord in his wrath! he has sent down from heaven to earth the glory of Israel, and has not kept in memory the resting-place of his feet in the day of his wrath.

2The Lord has given up to destruction all the living-places of Jacob without pity; pulling down in his wrath the strong places of the daughter of Judah, stretching out on the earth the wounded, even her king and her rulers.

3In his burning wrath every horn of Israel has been cut off; his right hand has been turned back before the attacker: he has put a fire in Jacob, causing destruction round about.

4His bow has been bent for the attack, he has taken his place with his hand ready, in his hate he has put to death all who were pleasing to the eye: on the tent of the daughter of Zion he has let loose his passion like fire.

5The Lord has become like one fighting against her, sending destruction on Israel; he has sent destruction on all her great houses, making waste his strong places: increasing the grief and the sorrow of the daughter of Judah.

6And he has violently taken away his tent, as from a garden; he has made waste his meeting-place: the Lord has taken away the memory of feast and Sabbath in Zion, and in the passion of his wrath he is against king and priest.

7The Lord has given up his altar and has been turned in hate from his holy place; he has given up into the hands of the attacker the walls of her great houses: their voices have been loud in the house of the Lord as in the day of a holy meeting.

8It is the Lord’s purpose to make waste the wall of the daughter of Zion; his line has been stretched out, he has not kept back his hand from destruction: he has sent sorrow on tower and wall, they have become feeble together.

9Her doors have gone down into the earth; he has sent destruction on her locks: her king and her princes are among the nations where the law is not; even her prophets have had no vision from the Lord.

10The responsible men of the daughter of Zion are seated on the earth without a word; they have put dust on their heads, they are clothed in haircloth: the heads of the virgins of Jerusalem are bent down to the earth.

11My eyes are wasted with weeping, the inmost parts of my body are deeply moved, my inner parts are drained out on the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people; because of the young children and babies at the breast who are falling without strength in the open squares of the town.

12They say to their mothers, Where is grain and wine? when they are falling like the wounded in the open squares of the town, when their life is drained out on their mother’s breast.

13What example am I to give you? what comparison am I to make for you, O daughter of Jerusalem? what am I to make equal to you, so that I may give you comfort, O virgin daughter of Zion? for your destruction is great like the sea: who is able to make you well?

14The visions which your prophets have seen for you are false and foolish; they have not made clear to you your sin so that your fate might be changed: but they have seen for you false words, driving you away.

15All who go by make a noise with their hands at you; they make hisses, shaking their heads at the daughter of Jerusalem, and saying, Is this the town which was the crown of everything beautiful, the joy of all the earth?

16All your haters are opening their mouths wide against you; making hisses and whistling through their teeth, they say, We have made a meal of her: certainly this is the day we have been looking for; it has come, we have seen it.

17The Lord has done that which was his purpose; he has put into force the orders which he gave in the days which are past; pulling down without pity, he has made your hater glad over you, lifting up the horn of those who were against you.

18Let your cry go up to the Lord: O wall of the daughter of Zion, let your weeping be flowing down like a stream day and night; give yourself no rest, let not your eyes keep back the drops of sorrow.

19Up! give cries in the night, at the starting of the night-watches; let your heart be flowing out like water before the face of the Lord, lifting up your hands to him for the life of your young children who are falling down, feeble for need of food, at the top of every street.

20Look! O Lord, see to whom you have done this! Are the women to take as their food the fruit of their bodies, the children who are folded in their arms? are the priest and the prophet to be put to death in the holy place of the Lord?

21The young men and the old are stretched on the earth in the streets; my virgins and my young men have been put to the sword: you have sent death on them in the day of your wrath, causing death without pity.

22As in the day of a holy meeting you have made fears come round me on every side, and no one got away or was kept safe in the day of the Lord’s wrath: those who were folded in my arms, whom I took care of, have been sent to their destruction by my hater.

Galatians 3:19-29

19What then is the law? It was an addition made because of sin, till the coming of the seed to whom the undertaking had been given; and it was ordered through angels by the hand of a go-between.

20Now a go-between is not a go-between of one; but God is one.

21Is the law then against the words of God? in no way; because if there had been a law which was able to give life, truly righteousness would have been by the law.

22However, the holy Writings have put all things under sin, so that that for which God gave the undertaking, based on faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who have such faith.

23But before faith came, we were kept in prison under the law, waiting for the revelation of the faith which was to come.

24So the law has been a servant to take us to Christ, so that we might have righteousness by faith.

25But now that faith is come, we are no longer under a servant.

26Because you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

27For all those of you who were given baptism into Christ did put on Christ.

28There is no Jew or Greek, servant or free, male or female: because you are all one in Jesus Christ.

29And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and yours is the heritage by the right of God’s undertaking given to Abraham.

Galatians 4:1-20

1But I say that as long as the son is a child, he is in no way different from a servant, though he is lord of all;

2But is under keepers and managers till the time fixed by the father.

3So we, when we were young, were kept under the first rules of the world;

4But when the time had come, God sent out his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

5That he might make them free who were under the law, and that we might be given the place of sons.

6And because you are sons, God has sent out the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, saying, Abba, Father.

7So that you are no longer a servant, but a son; and if a son, then the heritage of God is yours.

8But at that time, having no knowledge of God, you were servants to those who by right are no gods:

9But now that you have come to have knowledge of God, or more truly, God has knowledge of you, how is it that you go back again to the poor and feeble first things, desiring to be servants to them again?

10You keep days, and months, and fixed times, and years.

11I am in fear of you, that I may have been working for you to no purpose.

12My desire for you, brothers, is that you may be as I am, because I am as you are. You have done me no wrong;

13But you have knowledge that with a feeble body I was preaching the good news to you the first time;

14And you did not have a poor opinion of me because of the trouble in my flesh, or put shame on it; but you took me to your hearts as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.

15Where then is that happy condition of yours? because I give you witness, that, if possible, you would have taken out your eyes and given them to me.

16So then am I no longer your friend, because I give you true words?

17Their interest in you is not good; but their desire is that you may be shut out, so that you may go after them.

18But it is good to have an interest in a good cause at all times, and not only when I am present with you.

19My children, of whom I am again in birth-pains till Christ is formed in you,

20Truly my desire is to be present with you now, using a changed voice; for I am troubled about you.

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