1It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.2Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all.3Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law.4You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.5For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.7You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?8That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.9“A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.”10I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty.11Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished.12As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!13You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love.14For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”15If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
1Remember, LORD, what has happened to us; look, and see our disgrace.2Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, our homes to foreigners.3We have become fatherless, our mothers are widows.4We must buy the water we drink; our wood can be had only at a price.5Those who pursue us are at our heels; we are weary and find no rest.6We submitted to Egypt and Assyria to get enough bread.7Our ancestors sinned and are no more, and we bear their punishment.8Slaves rule over us, and there is no one to free us from their hands.9We get our bread at the risk of our lives because of the sword in the desert.10Our skin is hot as an oven, feverish from hunger.11Women have been violated in Zion, and virgins in the towns of Judah.12Princes have been hung up by their hands; elders are shown no respect.13Young men toil at the millstones; boys stagger under loads of wood.14The elders are gone from the city gate; the young men have stopped their music.15Joy is gone from our hearts; our dancing has turned to mourning.16The crown has fallen from our head. Woe to us, for we have sinned!17Because of this our hearts are faint, because of these things our eyes grow dim18for Mount Zion, which lies desolate, with jackals prowling over it.19You, LORD, reign forever; your throne endures from generation to generation.20Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long?21Restore us to yourself, LORD, that we may return; renew our days as of old22unless you have utterly rejected us and are angry with us beyond measure.
1Praise the LORD.How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!2The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel.3He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.4He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.5Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.6The LORD sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.7Sing to the LORD with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp.8He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills.9He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call.10His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;11the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.12Extol the LORD, Jerusalem; praise your God, Zion.13He strengthens the bars of your gates and blesses your people within you.14He grants peace to your borders and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.15He sends his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly.16He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes.17He hurls down his hail like pebbles. Who can withstand his icy blast?18He sends his word and melts them; he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.19He has revealed his word to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel.20He has done this for no other nation; they do not know his laws.Praise the LORD.