21Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says?22For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman.23His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.24These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar.25Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children.26But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.27For it is written: “Be glad, barren woman, you who never bore a child; shout for joy and cry aloud, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband.”28Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise.29At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now.30But what does Scripture say? “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.”31Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.
1I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of the LORD’s wrath.2He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness rather than light;3indeed, he has turned his hand against me again and again, all day long.4He has made my skin and my flesh grow old and has broken my bones.5He has besieged me and surrounded me with bitterness and hardship.6He has made me dwell in darkness like those long dead.7He has walled me in so I cannot escape; he has weighed me down with chains.8Even when I call out or cry for help, he shuts out my prayer.9He has barred my way with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked.10Like a bear lying in wait, like a lion in hiding,11he dragged me from the path and mangled me and left me without help.12He drew his bow and made me the target for his arrows.13He pierced my heart with arrows from his quiver.14I became the laughingstock of all my people; they mock me in song all day long.15He has filled me with bitter herbs and given me gall to drink.16He has broken my teeth with gravel; he has trampled me in the dust.17I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is.18So I say, “My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the LORD.”19I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.20I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.21Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:22Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.23They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.24I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”25The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;26it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.27It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young.28Let him sit alone in silence, for the LORD has laid it on him.29Let him bury his face in the dust— there may yet be hope.30Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him, and let him be filled with disgrace.31For no one is cast off by the Lord forever.32Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.33For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone.34To crush underfoot all prisoners in the land,35to deny people their rights before the Most High,36to deprive them of justice— would not the Lord see such things?37Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?38Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?39Why should the living complain when punished for their sins?40Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD.41Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven, and say:42“We have sinned and rebelled and you have not forgiven.43“You have covered yourself with anger and pursued us; you have slain without pity.44You have covered yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can get through.45You have made us scum and refuse among the nations.46“All our enemies have opened their mouths wide against us.47We have suffered terror and pitfalls, ruin and destruction.”48Streams of tears flow from my eyes because my people are destroyed.49My eyes will flow unceasingly, without relief,50until the LORD looks down from heaven and sees.51What I see brings grief to my soul because of all the women of my city.52Those who were my enemies without cause hunted me like a bird.53They tried to end my life in a pit and threw stones at me;54the waters closed over my head, and I thought I was about to perish.55I called on your name, LORD, from the depths of the pit.56You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.”57You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.”58You, Lord, took up my case; you redeemed my life.59LORD, you have seen the wrong done to me. Uphold my cause!60You have seen the depth of their vengeance, all their plots against me.61LORD, you have heard their insults, all their plots against me—62what my enemies whisper and mutter against me all day long.63Look at them! Sitting or standing, they mock me in their songs.64Pay them back what they deserve, LORD, for what their hands have done.65Put a veil over their hearts, and may your curse be on them!66Pursue them in anger and destroy them from under the heavens of the LORD.
1How the gold has lost its luster, the fine gold become dull! The sacred gems are scattered at every street corner.2How the precious children of Zion, once worth their weight in gold, are now considered as pots of clay, the work of a potter’s hands!3Even jackals offer their breasts to nurse their young, but my people have become heartless like ostriches in the desert.4Because of thirst the infant’s tongue sticks to the roof of its mouth; the children beg for bread, but no one gives it to them.5Those who once ate delicacies are destitute in the streets. Those brought up in royal purple now lie on ash heaps.6The punishment of my people is greater than that of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment without a hand turned to help her.7Their princes were brighter than snow and whiter than milk, their bodies more ruddy than rubies, their appearance like lapis lazuli.8But now they are blacker than soot; they are not recognized in the streets. Their skin has shriveled on their bones; it has become as dry as a stick.9Those killed by the sword are better off than those who die of famine; racked with hunger, they waste away for lack of food from the field.10With their own hands compassionate women have cooked their own children, who became their food when my people were destroyed.11The LORD has given full vent to his wrath; he has poured out his fierce anger. He kindled a fire in Zion that consumed her foundations.12The kings of the earth did not believe, nor did any of the peoples of the world, that enemies and foes could enter the gates of Jerusalem.13But it happened because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests, who shed within her the blood of the righteous.14Now they grope through the streets as if they were blind. They are so defiled with blood that no one dares to touch their garments.15“Go away! You are unclean!” people cry to them. “Away! Away! Don’t touch us!” When they flee and wander about, people among the nations say, “They can stay here no longer.”16The LORD himself has scattered them; he no longer watches over them. The priests are shown no honor, the elders no favor.17Moreover, our eyes failed, looking in vain for help; from our towers we watched for a nation that could not save us.18People stalked us at every step, so we could not walk in our streets. Our end was near, our days were numbered, for our end had come.19Our pursuers were swifter than eagles in the sky; they chased us over the mountains and lay in wait for us in the desert.20The LORD’s anointed, our very life breath, was caught in their traps. We thought that under his shadow we would live among the nations.21Rejoice and be glad, Daughter Edom, you who live in the land of Uz. But to you also the cup will be passed; you will be drunk and stripped naked.22Your punishment will end, Daughter Zion; he will not prolong your exile. But he will punish your sin, Daughter Edom, and expose your wickedness.
1Praise the LORD.Praise the LORD, my soul.2I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.3Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.4When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.5Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God.6He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever.7He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free,8the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous.9The LORD watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.10The LORD reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the LORD.