1The one who lives under the protection of the Most High dwells in the shadow of the Almighty. 2I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." 3He Himself will deliver you from the hunter's net, from the destructive plague. 4He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield. 5You will not fear the terror of the night, the arrow that flies by day, 6the plague that stalks in darkness, or the pestilence that ravages at noon. 7Though a thousand fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, the pestilence will not reach you. 8You will only see it with your eyes and witness the punishment of the wicked. 9Because you have made the Lord-my refuge, the Most High-your dwelling place, 10no harm will come to you; no plague will come near your tent. 11For He will give His angels orders concerning you, to protect you in all your ways. 12They will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 13You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the young lion and the serpent. 14Because he is lovingly devoted to Me, I will deliver him; I will exalt him because he knows My name. 15When he calls out to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble. I will rescue him and give him honor. 16I will satisfy him with a long life and show him My salvation.
1It is good to praise the Lord, to sing praise to Your name, Most High, 2to declare Your faithful love in the morning and Your faithfulness at night, 3with a ten-stringed harp and the music of a lyre. 4For You have made me rejoice, Lord, by what You have done; I will shout for joy because of the works of Your hands. 5How magnificent are Your works, Lord, how profound Your thoughts! 6A stupid person does not know, a fool does not understand this: 7though the wicked sprout like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be eternally destroyed. 8But You, Lord, are exalted forever. 9For indeed, Lord, Your enemies- indeed, Your enemies will perish; all evildoers will be scattered. 10You have lifted up my horn like that of a wild ox; I have been anointed with oil. 11My eyes look down on my enemies; my ears hear evildoers when they attack me. 12The righteous thrive like a palm tree and grow like a cedar tree in Lebanon. 13Planted in the house of the Lord, they thrive in the courtyards of our God. 14They will still bear fruit in old age, healthy and green, 15to declare: "The Lord is just; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him."
1The Lord reigns! He is robed in majesty; The Lord is robed, enveloped in strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be shaken. 2Your throne has been established from the beginning; You are from eternity. 3The floods have lifted up, Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their pounding waves. 4Greater than the roar of many waters- the mighty breakers of the sea- the Lord on high is majestic. 5Lord, Your testimonies are completely reliable; holiness is the beauty of Your house for all the days to come.
1Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves.2Each one of us must please his neighbor for his good, in order to build him up.3For even the Messiah did not please Himself. On the contrary, as it is written, The insults of those who insult You have fallen on Me. 4For whatever was written before was written for our instruction, so that through our endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we may have hope.5Now may the God of endurance and encouragement grant you agreement with one another, according to Christ Jesus,6so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with a united mind and voice. 7Therefore accept one another, just as the Messiah also accepted you, to the glory of God.8Now I say that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God, to confirm the promises to the fathers,9and so that Gentiles may glorify God for His mercy. As it is written: Therefore I will praise You among the Gentiles, and I will sing psalms to Your name. 10Again it says: Rejoice, you Gentiles, with His people! 11And again: Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles; all the peoples should praise Him! 12And again, Isaiah says: The root of Jesse will appear, the One who rises to rule the Gentiles; in Him the Gentiles will hope. 13Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.