1Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.2Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.3And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.4You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.5For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.7You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?8This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.9A little leaven leavens the whole lump.10I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is.11And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased.12I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off!13For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.14For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 15But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!
1Remember, O Lord, what has come upon us; Look, and behold our reproach!2Our inheritance has been turned over to aliens, And our houses to foreigners.3We have become orphans and waifs, Our mothers are like widows.4We pay for the water we drink, And our wood comes at a price.5They pursue at our heels; We labor and have no rest.6We have given our hand to the Egyptians And the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.7Our fathers sinned and are no more, But we bear their iniquities.8Servants rule over us; There is none to deliver us from their hand.9We get our bread at the risk of our lives, Because of the sword in the wilderness.10Our skin is hot as an oven, Because of the fever of famine.11They ravished the women in Zion, The maidens in the cities of Judah.12Princes were hung up by their hands, And elders were not respected.13Young men ground at the millstones; Boys staggered under loads of wood.14The elders have ceased gathering at the gate, And the young men from their music.15The joy of our heart has ceased; Our dance has turned into mourning.16The crown has fallen from our head. Woe to us, for we have sinned!17Because of this our heart is faint; Because of these things our eyes grow dim;18Because of Mount Zion which is desolate, With foxes walking about on it.19You, O Lord, remain forever; Your throne from generation to generation.20Why do You forget us forever, And forsake us for so long a time?21Turn us back to You, O Lord, and we will be restored; Renew our days as of old,22Unless You have utterly rejected us, And are very angry with us!
1Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.2The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel.3He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.4He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.5Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.6The Lord lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.7Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises on the harp to our God,8Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who prepares rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.9He gives to the beast its food, And to the young ravens that cry.10He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.11The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy.12Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!13For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your children within you.14He makes peace in your borders, And fills you with the finest wheat.15He sends out His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly.16He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes;17He casts out His hail like morsels; Who can stand before His cold?18He sends out His word and melts them; He causes His wind to blow, and the waters flow.19He declares His word to Jacob, His statutes and His judgments to Israel.20He has not dealt thus with any nation; And as for His judgments, they have not known them. Praise the Lord!