Saturday, October 25, 2014

Psalm 106

1 Alleluia! Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good, his faithful love is everlasting!
2 Who can recount all Yahweh's triumphs, who can fully voice his praise?
3 How blessed are those who keep to what is just, whose conduct is always upright!
4 Remember me, Yahweh, in your love for your people. Come near to me with your saving power,
5 let me share the happiness of your chosen ones, let me share the joy of your people, the pride of your heritage.
6 Like our ancestors, we have sinned, we have acted wickedly, guiltily;
7 our ancestors in Egypt never grasped the meaning of your wonders. They did not bear in mind your countless acts of love, at the Sea of Reeds they defied the Most High;
8 but for the sake of his name he saved them, to make known his mighty power.
9 At his rebuke the Sea of Reeds dried up, he let them pass through the deep as though it were desert,
10 so he saved them from their opponents' clutches, rescued them from the clutches of their enemies.
11 The waters enveloped their enemies, not one of whom was left.
12 Then they believed what he had said, and sang his praises.
13 But they soon forgot his achievements, they did not even wait for his plans;
14 they were overwhelmed with greed in the wastelands, in the solitary wastes they challenged God.
15 He gave them all they asked for, but struck them with a deep wasting sickness;
16 in the camp they grew jealous of Moses, and of Aaron, Yahweh's holy one.
17 The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, closed in on Abiram's faction;
18 fire flamed out against their faction, the renegades were engulfed in flames.
19 At Horeb they made a calf, bowed low before cast metal;
20 they exchanged their glory for the image of a grass-eating bull.
21 They forgot the God who was saving them, who had done great deeds in Egypt,
22 such wonders in the land of Ham, such awesome deeds at the Sea of Reeds.
23 He thought of putting an end to them, had not Moses, his chosen one, taken a stand in the breach and confronted him, to turn his anger away from destroying them.
24 They counted a desirable land for nothing, they put no trust in his promise;
25 they stayed in their tents and grumbled, they would not listen to Yahweh's voice.
26 So he lifted his hand against them, to strike them down in the desert,
27 to strike down their descendants among the nations, to scatter them all over the world.
28 They committed themselves to serve Baal-Peor, and ate sacrifices made to lifeless gods.
29 They so provoked him by their actions that a plague broke out among them.
30 Then up stood Phinehas to intervene, and the plague was checked;
31 for this he is the example of uprightness, from age to age for ever.
32 At the waters of Meribah they so angered Yahweh, that Moses suffered on their account,
33 for they had embittered his spirit, and he spoke without due thought.
34 They did not destroy the nations, as Yahweh had told them to do,
35 but intermarried with them, and adopted their ways.
36 They worshiped those nations' false gods, till they found themselves entrapped,
37 and sacrificed their own sons and their daughters to demons.
38 Innocent blood they shed, the blood of their sons and daughters; offering them to the idols of Canaan, they polluted the country with blood.
39 They defiled themselves by such actions, their behavior was that of a harlot.
40 Yahweh's anger blazed out at his people, his own heritage filled him with disgust.
41 He handed them over to the nations, and their opponents became their masters;
42 their enemies lorded it over them, crushing them under their rule.
43 Time and again he rescued them, but they still defied him deliberately, and sank ever deeper in their guilt;
44 even so he took pity on their distress, as soon as he heard them cry out.
45 Bearing his covenant with them in mind, he relented in his boundless and faithful love;
46 he ensured that they received compassion, in their treatment by all their captors.
47 Save us, Yahweh our God, gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and may glory in praising you.
48 Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel, from all eternity and for ever! Let all the people say, 'Amen'.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Psalm 105

1 Alleluia! Give thanks to Yahweh, call on his name, proclaim his deeds to the peoples!
2 Sing to him, make music for him, recount all his wonders!
3 Glory in his holy name, let the hearts that seek Yahweh rejoice!
4 Seek Yahweh and his strength, tirelessly seek his presence!
5 Remember the marvels he has done, his wonders, the judgments he has spoken.
6 Stock of Abraham, his servant, children of Jacob whom he chose!
7 He is Yahweh our God, his judgments touch the whole world.
8 He remembers his covenant for ever, the promise he laid down for a thousand generations,
9 which he concluded with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac.
10 He established it as a statute for Jacob, an everlasting covenant with Israel,
11 saying, 'To you I give a land, Canaan, your allotted birthright.'
12 When they were insignificant in numbers, a handful of strangers in the land,
13 wandering from country to country, from one kingdom and nation to another,
14 he allowed no one to oppress them; for their sake he instructed kings,
15 'Do not touch my anointed ones, to my prophets you may do no harm.'
16 He called down famine on the land, he took away their food supply;
17 he sent a man ahead of them, Joseph, sold as a slave.
18 So his feet were weighed down with shackles, his neck was put in irons.
19 In due time his prophecy was fulfilled, the word of Yahweh proved him true.
20 The king sent orders to release him, the ruler of nations set him free;
21 he put him in charge of his household, the ruler of all he possessed,
22 to instruct his princes as he saw fit, to teach his counselors wisdom.
23 Then Israel migrated to Egypt, Jacob settled in the country of Ham.
24 He made his people increase in numbers, he gave them more strength than their enemies,
25 whose heart he turned to hate his own people, to double-cross his servants.
26 He sent his servant Moses, and Aaron, the man of his choice.
27 They worked there the wonders he commanded, marvels in the country of Ham.
28 Darkness he sent, and darkness fell, but that nation defied his orders.
29 He turned their rivers to blood, and killed all the fish in them.
30 Their country was overrun with frogs, even in the royal apartments;
31 at his word came flies, and mosquitoes throughout the country.
32 He gave them hail as their rain, flames of fire in their land;
33 he blasted their vine and their fig tree, and shattered the trees of the country.
34 At his word came locusts, hoppers beyond all counting;
35 they devoured every green thing in the land, devoured all the produce of the soil.
36 He struck all the first-born in their land, the flower of all their manhood;
37 he led Israel out with silver and gold; in their tribes there was none who stumbled.
38 Egypt was glad at their leaving, for terror of Israel had seized them.
39 He spread out a cloud to cover them, and fire to light up the night.
40 They asked and he brought them quails, food from heaven to their hearts' content;
41 he opened a rock, the waters gushed out, and flowed in dry ground as a river.
42 Faithful to his sacred promise, given to his servant Abraham,
43 he led out his people with rejoicing, his chosen ones with shouts of joy.
44 He gave them the territories of nations, they reaped the fruit of other people's labors,
45 on condition that they kept his statutes, and remained obedient to his laws.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Psalm 103

1 [Of David] Bless Yahweh, my soul, from the depths of my being, his holy name;
2 bless Yahweh, my soul, never forget all his acts of kindness.
3 He forgives all your offences, cures all your diseases,
4 he redeems your life from the abyss, crowns you with faithful love and tenderness;
5 he contents you with good things all your life, renews your youth like an eagle's.
6 Yahweh acts with uprightness, with justice to all who are oppressed;
7 he revealed to Moses his ways, his great deeds to the children of Israel.
8 Yahweh is tenderness and pity, slow to anger and rich in faithful love;
9 his indignation does not last for ever, nor his resentment remain for all time;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve, nor repay us as befits our offences.
11 As the height of heaven above earth, so strong is his faithful love for those who fear him.
12 As the distance of east from west, so far from us does he put our faults.
13 As tenderly as a father treats his children, so Yahweh treats those who fear him;
14 he knows of what we are made, he remembers that we are dust.
15 As for a human person -- his days are like grass, he blooms like the wild flowers;
16 as soon as the wind blows he is gone, never to be seen there again.
17 But Yahweh's faithful love for those who fear him is from eternity and for ever; and his saving justice to their children's children;
18 as long as they keep his covenant, and carefully obey his precepts.
19 Yahweh has fixed his throne in heaven, his sovereign power rules over all.
20 Bless Yahweh, all his angels, mighty warriors who fulfil his commands, attentive to the sound of his words.
21 Bless Yahweh, all his armies, servants who fulfil his wishes.
22 Bless Yahweh, all his works, in every place where he rules. Bless Yahweh, my soul.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Psalm 102

1 [Prayer of someone afflicted, who in misfortune pours out sorrows before Yahweh] Yahweh, hear my prayer, let my cry for help reach you.
2 Do not turn away your face from me when I am in trouble; bend down and listen to me, when I call, be quick to answer me!
3 For my days are vanishing like smoke, my bones burning like an oven;
4 like grass struck by blight, my heart is withering, I forget to eat my meals.
5 From the effort of voicing my groans my bones stick out through my skin.
6 I am like a desert-owl in the wastes, a screech-owl among ruins,
7 I keep vigil and moan like a lone bird on a roof.
8 All day long my enemies taunt me, those who once praised me now use me as a curse.
9 Ashes are the food that I eat, my drink is mingled with tears,
10 because of your fury and anger, since you have raised me up only to cast me away;
11 my days are like a fading shadow, I am withering up like grass.
12 But you, Yahweh, are enthroned for ever, each generation in turn remembers you.
13 Rise up, take pity on Zion! the time has come to have mercy on her, the moment has come;
14 for your servants love her very stones, are moved to pity by her dust.
15 Then will the nations revere the name of Yahweh, and all the kings of the earth your glory;
16 when Yahweh builds Zion anew, he will be seen in his glory;
17 he will turn to hear the prayer of the destitute, and will not treat their prayer with scorn.
18 This shall be put on record for a future generation, and a people yet to be born shall praise God:
19 Yahweh has leaned down from the heights of his sanctuary, has looked down from heaven to earth,
20 to listen to the sighing of the captive, and set free those condemned to death,
21 to proclaim the name of Yahweh in Zion, his praise in Jerusalem;
22 nations will gather together, and kingdoms to worship Yahweh.
23 In my journeying my strength has failed on the way;
24 let me know the short time I have left. Do not take me away before half my days are done, for your years run on from age to age.
25 Long ago you laid earth's foundations, the heavens are the work of your hands.
26 They pass away but you remain; they all wear out like a garment, like outworn clothes you change them;
27 but you never alter, and your years never end.
28 The children of those who serve you will dwell secure, and their descendants live on in your presence.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Psalm 101

1 [Of David Psalm] I will sing of faithful love and judgement; to you, Yahweh, will I make music.
2 I will go forward in the path of the blameless; when will you come to me? I will live in purity of heart, in my house,
3 I will not set before my eyes anything sordid. I hate those who act crookedly; this has no attraction for me.
4 Let the perverse of heart keep away from me; the wicked I disregard.
5 One who secretly slanders a comrade, I reduce to silence; haughty looks, proud heart, these I cannot abide.
6 I look to the faithful of the land to be my companions, only he who walks in the path of the blameless shall be my servant.
7 There is no room in my house for anyone who practices deceit; no liar will stand his ground where I can see him.
8 Morning after morning I reduce to silence all the wicked in the land, banishing from the city of Yahweh all evil-doers.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Psalm 100

1 [Psalm For thanksgiving] Acclaim Yahweh, all the earth,
2 serve Yahweh with gladness, come into his presence with songs of joy!
3 Be sure that Yahweh is God, he made us, we belong to him, his people, the flock of his sheepfold.
4 Come within his gates giving thanks, to his courts singing praise, give thanks to him and bless his name!
5 For Yahweh is good, his faithful love is everlasting, his constancy from age to age.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Psalm 99

1 Yahweh is king, the peoples tremble; he is enthroned on the winged creatures, the earth shivers;
2 Yahweh is great in Zion. He is supreme over all nations;
3 let them praise your name, great and awesome; holy is he
4 and mighty! You are a king who loves justice, you established honesty, justice and uprightness; in Jacob it is you who are active.
5 Exalt Yahweh our God, bow down at his footstool; holy is he!
6 Moses and Aaron are among his priests, and Samuel, calling on his name; they called on Yahweh and he answered them.
7 He spoke with them in the pillar of fire, they obeyed his decrees, the Law he gave them.
8 Yahweh our God, you answered them, you were a God of forgiveness to them, but punished them for their sins.
9 Exalt Yahweh our God, bow down at his holy mountain; holy is Yahweh our God!