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I Kings 14-18
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
A Psalm of Solomon. Give the king thy justice, O God, and thy righteousness to the royal son!
May he judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with justice!
Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness!
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor!
May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations!
May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth!
In his days may righteousness flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more!
May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth!
May his foes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust!
May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles render him tribute, may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts!
May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!
For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper.
He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.
From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight.
Long may he live, may gold of Sheba be given to him! May prayer be made for him continually, and blessings invoked for him all the day!
May there be abundance of grain in the land; on the tops of the mountains may it wave; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may men blossom forth from the cities like the grass of the field!
May his name endure for ever, his fame continue as long as the sun! May men bless themselves by him, all nations call him blessed!
Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.
Blessed be his glorious name for ever; may his glory fill the whole earth! Amen and Amen!
The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended.
A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to the upright, to those who are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had well nigh slipped.
For I was envious of the arrogant, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
For they have no pangs; their bodies are sound and sleek.
They are not in trouble as other men are; they are not stricken like other men.
Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment.
Their eyes swell out with fatness, their hearts overflow with follies.
They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression.
They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth.
Therefore the people turn and praise them; and find no fault in them.
And they say, "How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?"
Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches.
All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence.
For all the day long I have been stricken, and chastened every morning.
If I had said, "I will speak thus," I would have been untrue to the generation of thy children.
But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task,
until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I perceived their end.
Truly thou dost set them in slippery places; thou dost make them fall to ruin.
How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors!
They are like a dream when one awakes, on awaking you despise their phantoms.
When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart,
I was stupid and ignorant, I was like a beast toward thee.
Nevertheless I am continually with thee; thou dost hold my right hand.
Thou dost guide me with thy counsel, and afterward thou wilt receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is nothing upon earth that I desire besides thee.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.
For lo, those who are far from thee shall perish; thou dost put an end to those who are false to thee.
But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all thy works.
A Maskil of Asaph. O God, why dost thou cast us off for ever? Why does thy anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?
Remember thy congregation, which thou hast gotten of old, which thou hast redeemed to be the tribe of thy heritage! Remember Mount Zion, where thou hast dwelt.
Direct thy steps to the perpetual ruins; the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary!
Thy foes have roared in the midst of thy holy place; they set up their own signs for signs.
At the upper entrance they hacked the wooden trellis with axes.
And then all its carved wood they broke down with hatchets and hammers.
They set thy sanctuary on fire; to the ground they desecrated the dwelling place of thy name.
They said to themselves, "We will utterly subdue them"; they burned all the meeting places of God in the land.
We do not see our signs; there is no longer any prophet, and there is none among us who knows how long.
How long, O God, is the foe to scoff? Is the enemy to revile thy name for ever?
Why dost thou hold back thy hand, why dost thou keep thy right hand in thy bosom?
Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
Thou didst divide the sea by thy might; thou didst break the heads of the dragons on the waters.
Thou didst crush the heads of Leviathan, thou didst give him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.
Thou didst cleave open springs and brooks; thou didst dry up ever-flowing streams.
Thine is the day, thine also the night; thou hast established the luminaries and the sun.
Thou hast fixed all the bounds of the earth; thou hast made summer and winter.
Remember this, O LORD, how the enemy scoffs, and an impious people reviles thy name.
Do not deliver the soul of thy dove to the wild beasts; do not forget the life of thy poor for ever.
Have regard for thy covenant; for the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.
Let not the downtrodden be put to shame; let the poor and needy praise thy name.
Arise, O God, plead thy cause; remember how the impious scoff at thee all the day!
Do not forget the clamor of thy foes, the uproar of thy adversaries which goes up continually!
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