1Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him.2You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.3Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.4Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the LORD.5May the LORD bless you from Zion; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.6May you live to see your children’s children— peace be on Israel.
1“They have greatly oppressed me from my youth,” let Israel say;2“they have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me.3Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long.4But the LORD is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.”5May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame.6May they be like grass on the roof, which withers before it can grow;7a reaper cannot fill his hands with it, nor one who gathers fill his arms.8May those who pass by not say to them, “The blessing of the LORD be on you; we bless you in the name of the LORD.”
1Out of the depths I cry to you, LORD;2Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.3If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?4But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.5I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.6I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.7Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.8He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.
1My heart is not proud, LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.2But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.3Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore.
25Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy.26Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is.27Are you pledged to a woman? Do not seek to be released. Are you free from such a commitment? Do not look for a wife.28But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.29What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not;30those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep;31those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.32I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord.33But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife—34and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband.35I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.36If anyone is worried that he might not be acting honorably toward the virgin he is engaged to, and if his passions are too strong and he feels he ought to marry, he should do as he wants. He is not sinning. They should get married.37But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion but has control over his own will, and who has made up his mind not to marry the virgin—this man also does the right thing.38So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does better.39A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord.40In my judgment, she is happier if she stays as she is—and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.