22Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.23And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.24After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!25I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in,26and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.27And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”28As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs,29for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.30Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience,31so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you.32For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.33Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!34“Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?”35“Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?”36For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.
1The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure.2Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity.3The seas have lifted up, LORD, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.4Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea— the LORD on high is mighty.5Your statutes, LORD, stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days.
1The LORD is a God who avenges. O God who avenges, shine forth.2Rise up, Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve.3How long, LORD, will the wicked, how long will the wicked be jubilant?4They pour out arrogant words; all the evildoers are full of boasting.5They crush your people, LORD; they oppress your inheritance.6They slay the widow and the foreigner; they murder the fatherless.7They say, “The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob takes no notice.”8Take notice, you senseless ones among the people; you fools, when will you become wise?9Does he who fashioned the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see?10Does he who disciplines nations not punish? Does he who teaches mankind lack knowledge?11The LORD knows all human plans; he knows that they are futile.12Blessed is the one you discipline, LORD, the one you teach from your law;13you grant them relief from days of trouble, till a pit is dug for the wicked.14For the LORD will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance.15Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it.16Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?17Unless the LORD had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.18When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, LORD, supported me.19When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.20Can a corrupt throne be allied with you— a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?21The wicked band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death.22But the LORD has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.23He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness; the LORD our God will destroy them.
1Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.2Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.3For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.4In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.5The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.6Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;7for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if only you would hear his voice,8“Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah,as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,9where your ancestors tested me; they tried me, though they had seen what I did.10For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.’11So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”