65 You have done good to your servant, O Lord, in keeping with your word.
66Give me knowledge and good sense; for I have put my faith in your teachings.
67Before I was in trouble I went out of the way; but now I keep your word.
68You are good, and your works are good; give me knowledge of your rules.
69The men of pride have said false things about me; but I will keep your orders in my heart.
70Their hearts are shut up with fat; but my delight is in your law.
71It is good for me to have been through trouble; so that I might come to the knowledge of your rules.
72The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver.
73 Your hands have made me, and given me form: give me wisdom, so that I may have knowledge of your teaching.
74Your worshippers will see me and be glad; because my hope has been in your word.
75I have seen, O Lord, that your decisions are right, and that in unchanging faith you have sent trouble on me.
76Let your mercy now be my comfort, as you have said to your servant.
77Let your gentle mercies come to me, so that I may have life; for your law is my delight.
78Let the men of pride be shamed; because they have falsely given decision against me; but I will give thought to your orders.
79Let your worshippers be turned to me, and those who have knowledge of your words.
80Let all my heart be given to your orders, so that I may not be put to shame.
81 My soul is wasted with desire for your salvation: but I have hope in your word.
82My eyes are full of weariness with searching for your word, saying, When will you give me comfort?
83For I have become like a wine-skin black with smoke; but I still keep the memory of your rules.
84How short is the life of your servant! when will you give your decision against those who are attacking me?
85The men of pride, who are turned away from your law, have put nets for me.
86All your teachings are certain; they go after me with evil design; give me your help.
87They had almost put an end to me on earth; but I did not give up your orders.
88Give me life in your mercy; so that I may be ruled by the unchanging word of your mouth.
89 For ever, O Lord, your word is fixed in heaven.
90Your faith is unchanging from generation to generation: you have put the earth in its place, and it is not moved.
91They are ruled this day by your decisions; for all things are your servants.
92If your law had not been my delight, my troubles would have put an end to me.
93I will ever keep your orders in mind; for in them I have life.
94I am yours, O be my saviour; for my desire has been for your rules.
95The sinners have been waiting for me to give me up to destruction; but I will give all my mind to your unchanging ward.
96I have seen that nothing on earth is complete; but your teaching is very wide.
1Come near, you nations, and give ear; take note, you peoples: let the earth and everything in it give ear; the world and all those living in it.
2For the Lord is angry with all the nations, and his wrath is burning against all their armies: he has put them to the curse, he has given them to destruction.
3Their dead bodies will be thick on the face of the earth, and their smell will come up, and the mountains will be flowing with their blood, and all the hills will come to nothing.
4And the heavens will be rolled together like the roll of a book: and all their army will be gone, like a dead leaf from the vine, or a dry fruit from the fig-tree.
5For my sword in heaven is full of wrath: see, it is coming down on Edom, in punishment on the people of my curse.
6The sword of the Lord is full of blood, it is fat with the best of the meat, with the blood of lambs and goats, with the best parts of the sheep: for the Lord has a feast in Bozrah, and much cattle will be put to death in the land of Edom.
7And the strong oxen will go down to death together with the smaller cattle.
8For it is the day of the Lord’s punishment, when he gives payment for the wrongs done to Zion.
9And its streams will be turned into boiling oil, and its dust into burning stone, and all the land will be on fire.
10It will not be put out day or night; its smoke will go up for ever: it will be waste from generation to generation; no one will go through it for ever.
11But the birds of the waste land will have their place there; it will be a heritage for the bittern and the raven: and it will be measured out with line and weight as a waste land.
12The jackals will be there, and her great ones will be gone; they will say, There is no longer a kingdom there, and all her chiefs will have come to an end.
13And thorns will come up in her fair houses, and waste plants in her strong towers: and foxes will make their holes there, and it will be a meeting-place for ostriches.
14And the beasts of the waste places will come together with the jackals, and the evil spirits will be crying to one another, even the night-spirit will come and make her resting-place there.
15The arrowsnake will make her hole and put her eggs there, and get her young together under her shade: there the hawks will come together by twos.
16See what is recorded in the book of the Lord: all these will be there, not one without the other: the mouth of the Lord has given the order, and his spirit has made them come together.
17And he has given them their heritage, and by his hand it has been measured out to them: it will be theirs for ever, their resting-place from generation to generation.
1The waste land and the dry places will be glad; the lowland will have joy and be full of flowers.
2It will be flowering like the rose; it will be full of delight and songs; the glory of Lebanon will be given to it; the pride of Carmel and Sharon: they will see the glory of the Lord, the power of our God.
3Make strong the feeble hands, give support to the shaking knees.
4Say to those who are full of fear, Be strong and take heart: see, your God will give punishment; the reward of God will come; he himself will come to be your saviour.
5Then the eyes of the blind will see, and the ears which are stopped will be open.
6Then will the feeble-footed be jumping like a roe, and the voice which was stopped will be loud in song: for in the waste land streams will be bursting out, and waters in the dry places.
7And the burning sand will become a pool, and the dry earth springs of waters: the fields where the sheep take their food will become wet land, and water-plants will take the place of grass.
8And a highway will be there; its name will be, The Holy Way; the unclean and the sinner may not go over it, and those who go on it will not be turned out of the way by the foolish.
9No lion will be there, or any cruel beast; they will not be seen there; but those for whom the Lord has given a price,
10Even those whom he has made free, will come back again; they will come with songs to Zion; on their heads will be eternal joy; delight and joy will be theirs, and sorrow and sounds of grief will be gone for ever.
1 Timothy 2
1My desire is, first of all, that you will make requests and prayers and give praise for all men;
2For kings and all those in authority; so that we may have a calm and quiet life in all fear of God and serious behaviour.
3This is good and pleasing in the eyes of God our Saviour;
4Whose desire is that all men may have salvation and come to the knowledge of what is true.
5For there is one God and one peacemaker between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
6Who gave himself as an offering for all; witness of which was to be given at the right time;
7And of this I became a preacher and an Apostle (what I say is true, not false,) and a teacher of the Gentiles in the true faith.
8It is my desire, then, that in every place men may give themselves to prayer, lifting up holy hands, without wrath or argument.
9And that women may be dressed in simple clothing, with a quiet and serious air; not with twisted hair and gold or jewels or robes of great price;
10But clothed with good works, as is right for women who are living in the fear of God.
11Let a woman quietly take the place of a learner and be under authority.
12In my opinion it is right for a woman not to be a teacher, or to have rule over a man, but to be quiet.
13For Adam was first formed, then Eve;
14And Adam was not taken by deceit, but the woman, being tricked, became a wrongdoer.
15But if they go on in faith and love and holy self-control, she will be kept safe at the time of childbirth.