A Song of the Ascents. In Jehovah's turning back [to] the captivity of Zion, We have been as dreamers.
Then filled [with] laughter is our mouth, And our tongue [with] singing, Then do they say among nations, `Jehovah did great things with these.'
Jehovah did great things with us, We have been joyful.
Turn again, O Jehovah, [to] our captivity, As streams in the south.
Those sowing in tears, with singing do reap,
Whoso goeth on and weepeth, Bearing the basket of seed, Surely cometh in with singing, bearing his sheaves!
A Song of the Ascents, by Solomon. If Jehovah doth not build the house, In vain have its builders laboured at it, If Jehovah doth not watch a city, In vain hath a watchman waked.
Vain for you who are rising early, Who delay sitting, eating the bread of griefs, So He giveth to His beloved one sleep.
Lo, an inheritance of Jehovah [are] sons, A reward [is] the fruit of the womb.
As arrows in the hand of a mighty one, So [are] the sons of the young men.
O the happiness of the man Who hath filled his quiver with them, They are not ashamed, For they speak with enemies in the gate!
A Song of the Ascents. O the happiness of every one fearing Jehovah, Who is walking in His ways.
The labour of thy hands thou surely eatest, Happy [art] thou, and good [is] to thee.
Thy wife [is] as a fruitful vine in the sides of thy house, Thy sons as olive plants around thy table.
Lo, surely thus is the man blessed who is fearing Jehovah.
Jehovah doth bless thee out of Zion, Look, then, on the good of Jerusalem, All the days of thy life,
And see the sons of thy sons! Peace on Israel!
what then do I say? that an idol is anything? or that a sacrifice offered to an idol is anything? --
[no,] but that the things that the nations sacrifice -- they sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not wish you to come into the fellowship of the demons.
Ye are not able the cup of the Lord to drink, and the cup of demons; ye are not able of the table of the Lord to partake, and of the table of demons;
do we arouse the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than He?
All things to me are lawful, but all things are not profitable; all things to me are lawful, but all things do not build up;
let no one seek his own -- but each another's.
Whatever in the meat-market is sold eat ye, not inquiring, because of the conscience,
for the Lord's [is] the earth, and its fulness;
and if any one of the unbelieving do call you, and ye wish to go, all that is set before you eat, nothing inquiring, because of the conscience;
and if any one may say to you, `This is a thing sacrificed to an idol,' -- do not eat, because of that one who shewed [it], and of the conscience, for the Lord's [is] the earth and its fulness:
and conscience, I say, not of thyself, but of the other, for why [is it] that my liberty is judged by another's conscience?
and if I thankfully do partake, why am I evil spoken of, for that for which I give thanks?
Whether, then, ye eat, or drink, or do anything, do all to the glory of God;
become offenceless, both to Jews and Greeks, and to the assembly of God;
as I also in all things do please all, not seeking my own profit, but that of many -- that they may be saved.