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Great Is Your Faithfulness3:1 I am the man who has seen afflictionunder the rod of his wrath;
2 he has driven and brought meinto darkness without any light;
3 surely against me he turns his handagain and again the whole day long.
4 He has made my flesh and my skin waste away;he has broken my bones;
5 he has besieged and enveloped mewith bitterness and tribulation;
6 he has made me dwell in darknesslike the dead of long ago.
7 He has walled me about so that I cannot escape;he has made my chains heavy;
8 though I call and cry for help,he shuts out my prayer;
9 he has blocked my ways with blocks of stones;he has made my paths crooked.
10 He is a bear lying in wait for me,a lion in hiding;
11 he turned aside my steps and tore me to pieces;he has made me desolate;
12 he bent his bow and set meas a target for his arrow.
13 He drove into my kidneysthe arrows of his quiver;
14 I have become the laughingstock of all peoples,the object of their taunts all day long.
15 He has filled me with bitterness;he has sated me with wormwood.
16 He has made my teeth grind on gravel,and made me cower in ashes;
17 my soul is bereft of peace;I have forgotten what happiness is;
18 so I say, “My endurance has perished;so has my hope from the Lord.”
19 Remember my affliction and my wanderings,the wormwood and the gall!
20 My soul continually remembers itand is bowed down within me.
21 But this I call to mind,and therefore I have hope:
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,“therefore I will hope in him.”
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,to the soul who seeks him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietlyfor the salvation of the Lord.
27 It is good for a man that he bearthe yoke in his youth.
28 Let him sit alone in silencewhen it is laid on him;
29 let him put his mouth in the dust—there may yet be hope;
30 let him give his cheek to the one who strikes,and let him be filled with insults.
31 For the Lord will notcast off forever,
32 but, though he cause grief, he will have compassionaccording to the abundance of his steadfast love;
33 for he does not afflict from his heartor grieve the children of men.
34 To crush underfootall the prisoners of the earth,
35 to deny a man justicein the presence of the Most High,
36 to subvert a man in his lawsuit,the Lord does not approve.
37 Who has spoken and it came to pass,unless the Lord has commanded it?
38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most Highthat good and bad come?
39 Why should a living man complain,a man, about the punishment of his sins?
40 Let us test and examine our ways,and return to the Lord!
41 Let us lift up our hearts and handsto God in heaven:
42 “We have transgressed and rebelled,and you have not forgiven.
43 “You have wrapped yourself with anger and pursued us,killing without pity;
44 you have wrapped yourself with a cloudso that no prayer can pass through.
45 You have made us scum and garbageamong the peoples.
46 “All our enemiesopen their mouths against us;
47 panic and pitfall have come upon us,devastation and destruction;
48 my eyes flow with rivers of tearsbecause of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
49 “My eyes will flow without ceasing,without respite,
50 until the Lord from heavenlooks down and sees;
51 my eyes cause me griefat the fate of all the daughters of my city.
52 “I have been hunted like a birdby those who were my enemies without cause;
53 they flung me alive into the pitand cast stones on me;
54 water closed over my head;I said, ‘I am lost.’
55 “I called on your name, O Lord,from the depths of the pit;
56 you heard my plea, ‘Do not closeyour ear to my cry for help!’
57 You came near when I called on you;you said, ‘Do not fear!’
58 “You have taken up my cause, O Lord;you have redeemed my life.
59 You have seen the wrong done to me, O Lord;judge my cause.
60 You have seen all their vengeance,all their plots against me.
61 “You have heard their taunts, O Lord,all their plots against me.
62 The lips and thoughts of my assailantsare against me all the day long.
63 Behold their sitting and their rising;I am the object of their taunts.
64 “You will repay them, O Lord,according to the work of their hands.
65 You will give them dullness of heart;your curse will be on them.
66 You will pursue them in anger and destroy themfrom under your heavens, O Lord.”
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The Holy Stones Lie Scattered4:1 How the gold has grown dim,how the pure gold is changed!The holy stones lie scatteredat the head of every street.
2 The precious sons of Zion,worth their weight in fine gold,how they are regarded as earthen pots,the work of a potter’s hands!
3 Even jackals offer the breast;they nurse their young;but the daughter of my people has become cruel,like the ostriches in the wilderness.
4 The tongue of the nursing infant sticksto the roof of its mouth for thirst;the children beg for food,but no one gives to them.
5 Those who once feasted on delicaciesperish in the streets;those who were brought up in purpleembrace ash heaps.
6 For the chastisement of the daughter of my people has been greaterthan the punishment of Sodom,which was overthrown in a moment,and no hands were wrung for her.
7 Her princes were purer than snow,whiter than milk;their bodies were more ruddy than coral,the beauty of their form was like sapphire.
8 Now their face is blacker than soot;they are not recognized in the streets;their skin has shriveled on their bones;it has become as dry as wood.
9 Happier were the victims of the swordthan the victims of hunger,who wasted away, piercedby lack of the fruits of the field.
10 The hands of compassionate womenhave boiled their own children;they became their foodduring the destruction of the daughter of my people.
11 The Lord gave full vent to his wrath;he poured out his hot anger,and he kindled a fire in Zionthat consumed its foundations.
12 The kings of the earth did not believe,nor any of the inhabitants of the world,that foe or enemy could enterthe gates of Jerusalem.
13 This was for the sins of her prophetsand the iniquities of her priests,who shed in the midst of herthe blood of the righteous.
14 They wandered, blind, through the streets;they were so defiled with bloodthat no one was able to touchtheir garments.
15 “Away! Unclean!” people cried at them.“Away! Away! Do not touch!”So they became fugitives and wanderers;people said among the nations,“They shall stay with us no longer.”
16 The Lord himself has scattered them;he will regard them no more;no honor was shown to the priests,no favor to the elders.
17 Our eyes failed, ever watchingvainly for help;in our watching we watchedfor a nation which could not save.
18 They dogged our stepsso that we could not walk in our streets;our end drew near; our days were numbered,for our end had come.
19 Our pursuers were swifterthan the eagles in the heavens;they chased us on the mountains;they lay in wait for us in the wilderness.
20 The breath of our nostrils, the Lord’s anointed,was captured in their pits,of whom we said, “Under his shadowwe shall live among the nations.”
21 Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom,you who dwell in the land of Uz;but to you also the cup shall pass;you shall become drunk and strip yourself bare.
22 The punishment of your iniquity, O daughter of Zion, is accomplished;he will keep you in exile no longer;but your iniquity, O daughter of Edom, he will punish;he will uncover your sins.
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28:1 The wicked flee when no one pursues,but the righteous are bold as a lion.
2 When a land transgresses, it has many rulers,but with a man of understanding and knowledge,its stability will long continue.
3 A poor man who oppresses the pooris a beating rain that leaves no food.
4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,but those who keep the law strive against them.
5 Evil men do not understand justice,but those who seek the Lord understand it completely.
6 Better is a poor man who walks in his integritythan a rich man who is crooked in his ways.
7 The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding,but a companion of gluttons shames his father.
8 Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profitgathers it for him who is generous to the poor.
9 If one turns away his ear from hearing the law,even his prayer is an abomination.
10 Whoever misleads the upright into an evil waywill fall into his own pit,but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.
11 A rich man is wise in his own eyes,but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.
12 When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves.
13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
14 Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always,but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bearis a wicked ruler over a poor people.
16 A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor,but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
17 If one is burdened with the blood of another,he will be a fugitive until death;let no one help him.
18 Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered,but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.
19 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
20 A faithful man will abound with blessings,but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
21 To show partiality is not good,but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong.
22 A stingy man hastens after wealthand does not know that poverty will come upon him.
23 Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favorthan he who flatters with his tongue.
24 Whoever robs his father or his motherand says, “That is no transgression,”is a companion to a man who destroys.
25 A greedy man stirs up strife,but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched.
26 Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool,but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
27 Whoever gives to the poor will not want,but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.
28 When the wicked rise, people hide themselves,but when they perish, the righteous increase.
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The Wedding at Cana 2:1 On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.
2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples.
3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”
4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.
7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.
8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it.
9 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom
10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.”
11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
12 After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days.
Jesus Cleanses the Temple13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there.
15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.
16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.”
17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
18 So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?”
19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?”
21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body.
22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
Jesus Knows What Is in Man23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing.
24 But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people
25 and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.
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