1I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me.2Save me, LORD, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.3What will he do to you, and what more besides, you deceitful tongue?4He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom bush.5Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek, that I live among the tents of Kedar!6Too long have I lived among those who hate peace.7I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.
1I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?2My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.3He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber;4indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.5The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand;6the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.7The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life;8the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
1I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.”2Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem.3Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together.4That is where the tribes go up— the tribes of the LORD— to praise the name of the LORDaccording to the statute given to Israel.5There stand the thrones for judgment, the thrones of the house of David.6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure.7May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.”8For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.”9For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your prosperity.
1I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven.2As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he shows us his mercy.3Have mercy on us, LORD, have mercy on us, for we have endured no end of contempt.4We have endured no end of ridicule from the arrogant, of contempt from the proud.
1If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people?2Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases?3Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!4Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, do you ask for a ruling from those whose way of life is scorned in the church?5I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers?6But instead, one brother takes another to court—and this in front of unbelievers!7The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?8Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters.9Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.12“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.13You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.14By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never!16Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”17But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.18Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.19Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.