Psalms 119:89-176; 1 Corinthians 8

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Psalms 119:89-176

89 Lord, your word lasts forever. It stands firm in the heavens.
90 You will be faithful for all time to come. You made the earth, and it continues to exist.
91 Your laws continue to this very day, because all things serve you.
92 If I had not taken delight in your law, I would have died because of my suffering.
93 I will never forget your rules. You have kept me alive, because I obey them.
94 Save me, because I belong to you. I've tried to obey your rules.
95 Sinful people are waiting to destroy me. But I will spend time thinking about your covenant laws.
96 I've learned that everything has its limits. But your commands are perfect. They are always there when I need them.
97 Lord, I really love your law! All day long I spend time thinking about it.
98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, because your commands are always in my heart.
99 I know more than all of my teachers do, because I spend time thinking about your covenant laws.
100 I understand more than the elders do, because I obey your rules.
101 I've kept my feet from every path that sinners take so that I might obey your word.
102 I haven't turned away from your laws, because you yourself have taught me.
103 Your words are very sweet to my taste! They are sweeter than honey to me.
104 I gain understanding from your rules. So I hate every path that sinners take.
105 Your word is like a lamp that shows me the way. It is like a light that guides me.
106 I have taken an oath. I have promised to follow your laws, because they are right.
107 I have suffered very much. Lord, keep me alive as you have promised.
108 Lord, accept the praise I freely give you. Teach me your laws.
109 I keep putting my life in danger. But I won't forget to obey your law.
110 Evil people have set a trap for me. But I haven't wandered away from your rules.
111 Your covenant laws are your gift to me forever. They fill my heart with joy.
112 I have decided to obey your orders to the very end.
113 I hate people who can't make up their minds. But I love your law.
114 You are my place of safety. You are like a shield that keeps me safe. I have put my hope in your word.
115 Get away from me, you who do evil! Then I can do what my God commands me to do.
116 Keep me going as you have promised. Then I will live. Don't let me lose all hope.
117 Take good care of me, and I will be saved. I will always honor your orders.
118 You turn your back on all those who wander away from your orders. They lie and cheat, but it doesn't amount to anything.
119 You throw away all of the sinners on earth as if they were trash. So I love your covenant laws.
120 My body trembles because I have respect for you. I have great respect for your laws.
121 I have done what is right and fair. So don't leave me to those who beat me down.
122 Make sure that everything goes well with me. Don't let proud people beat me down.
123 My eyes grow tired as I look to you to save me. Please save me as you have promised.
124 Be good to me, because you love me. Teach me your orders.
125 I serve you. Help me to understand what is right. Then I will understand your covenant laws.
126 Lord, it's time for you to act. People are breaking your law.
127 I love your commands more than gold. I love them more than pure gold.
128 I consider all of your rules to be right. So I hate every path that sinners take.
129 Your covenant laws are wonderful. So I obey them.
130 When your words are made clear, they bring light. They bring understanding to childish people.
131 I open my mouth and pant like a dog, because I long to know your commands.
132 Turn to me and show me your favor. That's what you've always done for those who love you.
133 Teach me how to live as you have promised. Don't let any sin be my master.
134 Set me free from men who beat me down. Then I will obey your rules.
135 Let your face smile on me with favor. Teach me your orders.
136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes, because people don't obey your law.
137 Lord, you do what is fair. And your laws are right.
138 The laws you have made are fair. They can be completely trusted.
139 My anger is wearing me out, because my enemies don't pay any attention to your words.
140 Your promises have proved to be true. I love them.
141 I'm not important. People look down on me. But I don't forget to obey your rules.
142 You always do what is right. And your law is true.
143 I've had my share of trouble and suffering. But I take delight in your commands.
144 Your covenant laws are always right. Help me to understand them. Then I will live.
145 Lord, I call out to you with all my heart. Answer me, and I will obey your orders.
146 I call out to you. Save me, and I will keep your covenant laws.
147 I get up before the sun rises. I cry out for help. I've put my hope in your word.
148 My eyes stay open all night long. I spend my time thinking about your promises.
149 Listen to me, because you love me. Lord, keep me alive as you have promised.
150 Those who think up evil plans are near. They have wandered far away from your law.
151 But Lord, you are near. All your commands are true.
152 Long ago I learned from your covenant laws that you made them to last forever.
153 Look at how I'm suffering! Save me, because I haven't forgotten to obey your law.
154 Stand up for me and set me free. Keep me alive as you have promised.
155 Those who are evil are far from being saved. They don't want to obey your orders.
156 Lord, you have deep concern for me. Keep me alive as you have promised.
157 Many enemies attack me. But I haven't turned away from your covenant laws.
158 I get very angry when I see people who aren't faithful to you. They don't obey your word.
159 See how I love your rules! Lord, keep me alive, because you love me.
160 All your words are true. All your laws are right. They last forever.
161 Rulers attack me without any reason. But my heart trembles because of your word.
162 I'm filled with joy because of your promise. It's like finding a great fortune.
163 I hate lies with a deep hatred. But I love your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise you for your laws, because they are right.
165 Those who love your law enjoy great peace. Nothing can make them trip and fall.
166 Lord, I wait for you to save me. I follow your commands.
167 I obey your covenant laws, because I love them greatly.
168 I obey your rules and your covenant laws, because you know all about how I live.
169 Lord, may you hear my cry. Give me understanding, just as you said you would.
170 May you hear my prayer. Save me, just as you promised.
171 May my lips pour out praise to you, because you teach me your orders.
172 May my tongue sing about your word, because all of your commands are right.
173 May your hand be ready to help me, because I have chosen to obey your rules.
174 Lord, I long for you to save me. I take delight in your law.
175 Let me live so that I can praise you. May your laws keep me going.
176 Like a lost sheep, I've gone down the wrong path. Come and look for me, because I haven't forgotten to obey your commands.
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1 Corinthians 8

1 Now I want to deal with food offered to statues of gods. We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes people proud. But love builds them up.
2 Those who think they know something still don't know as they should.
3 But those who love God are known by God.
4 So then, here is what I say about eating food that is offered to statues of gods. We know that a god made by human hands is really nothing at all in the world. We know there is only one God.
5 There may be so-called gods either in heaven or on earth. In fact, there are many "gods" and many "lords."
6 But for us there is only one God. He is the Father. All things came from him, and we live for him. And there is only one Lord. He is Jesus Christ. All things came because of him, and we live because of him.
7 But not everyone knows that. Some people still think that statues of gods are real gods. When they eat food that was offered to statues of gods, they think of it as food that was offered to real gods. And because they have a weak sense of what is right and wrong, they feel guilty.
8 But food doesn't bring us close to God. We are no worse if we don't eat. We are no better if we do eat.
9 But be careful how you use your freedom. Be sure it doesn't trip up someone who is weaker than you.
10 Suppose you who have that knowledge are eating in a temple of one of those gods. And suppose someone who has a weak sense of what is right and wrong sees you. Won't that person become bold and eat what has been offered to statues of gods?
11 If so, then your knowledge destroys that weak brother or sister for whom Christ died.
12 When you sin against other believers in that way, you harm their weak sense of what is right and wrong. By doing that you sin against Christ.
13 So what should I do if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin? I will never eat meat again. In that way, I will not cause them to fall.
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