1Israel, tell us how your enemies have persecuted you ever since you were young.2"Ever since I was young, my enemies have persecuted me cruelly, but they have not overcome me.3They cut deep wounds in my back and made it like a plowed field.4But the Lord, the righteous one, has freed me from slavery."5May everyone who hates Zion be defeated and driven back.6May they all be like grass growing on the housetops, which dries up before it can grow;7no one gathers it up or carries it away in bundles.8No one who passes by will say, "May the Lord bless you! We bless you in the name of the Lord."
1From the depths of my despair I call to you, Lord.2Hear my cry, O Lord; listen to my call for help!3If you kept a record of our sins, who could escape being condemned?4But you forgive us, so that we should stand in awe of you.5I wait eagerly for the Lord's help, and in his word I trust.6I wait for the Lord more eagerly than sentries wait for the dawn - than sentries wait for the dawn.7Israel, trust in the Lord, because his love is constant and he is always willing to save.8He will save his people Israel from all their sins.
1Lord, I have given up my pride and turned away from my arrogance. I am not concerned with great matters or with subjects too difficult for me.2Instead, I am content and at peace. As a child lies quietly in its mother's arms, so my heart is quiet within me.3Israel, trust in the Lord now and forever!
1Imitate me, then, just as I imitate Christ. 2I praise you because you always remember me and follow the teachings that I have handed on to you.3But I want you to understand that Christ is supreme over every man, the husband is supreme over his wife, and God is supreme over Christ.4So a man who prays or proclaims God's message in public worship with his head covered disgraces Christ.5And any woman who prays or proclaims God's message in public worship with nothing on her head disgraces her husband; there is no difference between her and a woman whose head has been shaved.6If the woman does not cover her head, she might as well cut her hair. And since it is a shameful thing for a woman to shave her head or cut her hair, she should cover her head.7A man has no need to cover his head, because he reflects the image and glory of God. But woman reflects the glory of man; 8for man was not created from woman, but woman from man. 9Nor was man created for woman's sake, but woman was created for man's sake.10On account of the angels, then, a woman should have a covering over her head to show that she is under her husband's authority.11In our life in the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman.12For as woman was made from man, in the same way man is born of woman; and it is God who brings everything into existence.13Judge for yourselves whether it is proper for a woman to pray to God in public worship with nothing on her head.14Why, nature itself teaches you that long hair on a man is a disgrace,15but on a woman it is a thing of beauty. Her long hair has been given her to serve as a covering.16But if anyone wants to argue about it, all I have to say is that neither we nor the churches of God have any other custom in worship.