December 1

Psalms 147

1Give praise to the Lord; for it is good to make melody to our God; praise is pleasing and beautiful.

2The Lord is building up Jerusalem; he makes all the outlaws of Israel come together.

3He makes the broken-hearted well, and puts oil on their wounds.

4He sees the number of the stars; he gives them all their names.

5Great is our Lord, and great his power; there is no limit to his wisdom.

6The Lord gives help to the poor in spirit; but he sends sinners down in shame.

7Make songs of praise to the Lord; make melody to our God with instruments of music.

8By his hand the heaven is covered with clouds and rain is stored up for the earth; he makes the grass tall on the mountains.

9He gives food to every beast, and to the young ravens in answer to their cry.

10He has no delight in the strength of a horse; he takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.

11The Lord takes pleasure in his worshippers, and in those whose hope is in his mercy.

12Give praise to the Lord, O Jerusalem; give praise to your God, O Zion.

13He has made strong the iron bands of your doors; he has sent blessings on your children inside your walls.

14He gives peace in all your land, making your stores full of fat grain.

15He sends out his orders to the earth; his word goes out quickly.

16He gives snow like wool; he sends out ice-drops like dust.

17He sends down ice like raindrops: water is made hard by his cold.

18At the outgoing of his word, the ice is turned to water; when he sends out his wind, there is a flowing of waters.

19He makes his word clear to Jacob, teaching Israel his laws and his decisions.

20He has not done these things for any other nation: and as for his laws, they have no knowledge of them. Let the Lord be praised.

Lamentations 5

1Keep in mind, O Lord, what has come to us: take note and see our shame.

2Our heritage is given up to men of strange lands, our houses to those who are not our countrymen.

3We are children without fathers, our mothers are like widows.

4We give money for a drink of water, we get our wood for a price.

5Our attackers are on our necks: overcome with weariness, we have no rest.

6We have given our hands to the Egyptians and to the Assyrians so that we might have enough bread.

7Our fathers were sinners and are dead; and the weight of their evil-doing is on us.

8Servants are ruling over us, and there is no one to make us free from their hands.

9We put our lives in danger to get our bread, because of the sword of the waste land.

10Our skin is heated like an oven because of our burning heat from need of food.

11They took by force the women in Zion, the virgins in the towns of Judah.

12Their hands put princes to death by hanging: the faces of old men were not honoured.

13The young men were crushing the grain, and the boys were falling under the wood.

14The old men are no longer seated in the doorway, and the music of the young men has come to an end.

15The joy of our hearts is ended; our dancing is changed into sorrow.

16The crown has been taken from our head: sorrow is ours, for we are sinners.

17Because of this our hearts are feeble; for these things our eyes are dark;

18Because of the mountain of Zion which is a waste; jackals go over it.

19You, O Lord, are seated as King for ever; the seat of your power is eternal.

20Why have we gone from your memory for ever? why have you been turned away from us for so long?

21Make us come back to you, O Lord, and let us be turned; make our days new again as in the past.

22But you have quite given us up; you are full of wrath against us.

Galatians 5:1-15

1Christ has truly made us free: then keep your free condition and let no man put a yoke on you again.

2See, I Paul say to you, that if you undergo circumcision, Christ will be of no use to you.

3Yes, I give witness again to every man who undergoes circumcision, that he will have to keep all the law.

4You are cut off from Christ, you who would have righteousness by the law; you are turned away from grace.

5For we through the Spirit by faith are waiting for the hope of righteousness.

6Because in Christ Jesus, having circumcision or not having circumcision are equally of no profit; but only faith working through love.

7You were going on well; who was the cause of your not giving ear to what is true?

8This ready belief did not come from him who had made you his.

9A little leaven makes a change in all the mass.

10I am certain about you in the Lord, that you will be of no other mind; but he who is troubling you will have his punishment, whoever he is.

11But I, brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still attacked? then has the shame of the cross been taken away.

12My desire is that they who give you trouble might even be cut off themselves.

13Because you, brothers, were marked out to be free; only do not make use of your free condition to give the flesh its chance, but through love be servants one to another.

14For all the law is made complete in one word, even in this, Have love for your neighbour as for yourself.

15But if you are given to fighting with one another, take care that you are not the cause of destruction one to another.

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