1 How lovely is Your dwelling place, Lord of Hosts. 2 I long and yearn for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh cry out for the living God. 3 Even a sparrow finds a home, and a swallow, a nest for herself where she places her young- near Your altars, Lord of Hosts, my King and my God. 4 How happy are those who reside in Your house, who praise You continually. Selah 5 Happy are the people whose strength is in You, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. 6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a source of springwater; even the autumn rain will cover it with blessings. 7 They go from strength to strength; each appears before God in Zion. 8 Lord God of Hosts, hear my prayer; listen, God of Jacob. Selah 9 Consider our shield, God; look on the face of Your anointed one. 10 Better a day in Your courts than a thousand [anywhere else]. I would rather be at the door of the house of my God than to live in the tents of the wicked. 11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield. The Lord gives grace and glory; He does not withhold the good from those who live with integrity. 12 Lord of Hosts, happy is the person who trusts in You!
1 Lord, You showed favor to Your land; You restored Jacob's prosperity. 2 You took away Your people's guilt; You covered all their sin. Selah 3 You withdrew all Your fury; You turned from Your burning anger. 4 Return to us, God of our salvation, and abandon Your displeasure with us. 5 Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger for all generations? 6 Will You not revive us again so that Your people may rejoice in You? 7 Show us Your faithful love, Lord, and give us Your salvation. 8 I will listen to what God will say; surely the Lord will declare peace to His people, His godly ones, and not let them go back to foolish ways. 9 His salvation is very near those who fear Him, so that glory may dwell in our land. 10 Faithful love and truth will join together; righteousness and peace will embrace. 11 Truth will spring up from the earth, and righteousness will look down from heaven. 12 Also, the Lord will provide what is good, and our land will yield its crops. 13 Righteousness will go before Him to prepare the way for His steps.
1 Listen, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. 2 Protect my life, for I am faithful. You are my God; save Your servant who trusts in You. 3 Be gracious to me, Lord, for I call to You all day long. 4 Bring joy to Your servant's life, since I set my hope on You, Lord. 5 For You, Lord, are kind and ready to forgive, abundant in faithful love to all who call on You. 6 Lord, hear my prayer; listen to my plea for mercy. 7 I call on You in the day of my distress, for You will answer me. 8 Lord, there is no one like You among the gods, and there are no works like Yours. 9 All the nations You have made will come and bow down before You, Lord, and will honor Your name. 10 For You are great and perform wonders; You alone are God. 11 Teach me Your way, Lord, and I will live by Your truth. Give me an undivided mind to fear Your name. 12 I will praise You with all my heart, Lord my God, and will honor Your name forever. 13 For Your faithful love for me is great, and You deliver my life from the depths of Sheol. 14 God, arrogant people have attacked me; a gang of ruthless men seeks my life. They have no regard for You. 15 But You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abundant in faithful love and truth. 16 Turn to me and be gracious to me. Give Your strength to Your servant; save the son of Your female servant. 17 Show me a sign of Your goodness; my enemies will see and be put to shame because You, Lord, have helped and comforted me.
1 Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. 3 For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one. 4 Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, 5 in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another. 6 According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: If prophecy, use it according to the standard of faith; 7 if service, in service; if teaching, in teaching; 8 if exhorting, in exhortation; giving, with generosity; leading, with diligence; showing mercy, with cheerfulness. 9 Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. 10 Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. 13 Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. 16 Be in agreement with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Try to do what is honorable in everyone's eyes. 18 If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone. 19 Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord. 20 But If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head. 21 Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.