My Life Is Vain
1 “Is not the life of a man on earth an ordeal? Is not his life also like the life of a hired man working by the day,
2 Or like a servant who fears his master, Or like one who grasps for a shadow, Or like a hired man who eagerly looks for his wages?
3 So I have been enduring months of futility, And agonizing nights have been appointed for me.
4 When I lie down, I say, ‘When will it be day?’ When I arise, I say, ‘When will it be evening?’ I am full of pains from evening to morning.
5 My body is covered with loathsome worms, And I am wasting away As I scrape off clods of dust from my eruption.
6 “My life is lighter than speech And perishes with an empty hope.
7 Remember then, my life is a breath, And my eye will no longer return to see good.
8 The eye of him who sees me will not see me again; Your eyes are on me, I am no more.†
9 I am like the cloud that cleared away from the sky, For if a man goes down to Hades, he shall not come up again.
10 He shall not return to his own house, Nor shall his place know him anymore.
11 “Now then, neither will I restrain my mouth. I will speak by necessity, Because I will disclose the bitterness of my soul When I am oppressed.†
12 Am I a sea, or a serpent, That You set a guard over me?†
13 I said, ‘My bed will comfort me, And on my couch I will counsel privately with myself.’
14 You scare me with dreams and terrify me with visions.
15 You will separate life from my spirit, Yet keep my bones from death.
16 For I will not live forever, that I should patiently endure. Let me alone, for my life is vain.
17 “What is man, that You should exalt him, Or that You should set Your heart on him,
18 Or that You should visit him every morning And judge him till the time of rest?
19 How long will You neither let me alone, Nor let me go until I swallow my saliva in grief?
20 If I have sinned, what can I do to You, O You who understand the heart of men? Why have You set me as Your accuser? Why am I a burden to You?†
21 Why then have You not forgotten my lawlessness And purged my sin? But now I will depart into the earth, And in the morning I will no longer be here.”
1 A psalm of thanksgiving. †Shout aloud to the Lord, all the earth;
2 Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with great joy.
3 Know this: the Lord, He is God; He made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving And into His courts with hymns; Give thanks to Him; praise His name;
5 For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth is from generation to generation.
1 A psalm by David. †O Lord, I will sing to You of mercy and judgment;
2 I will sing and understand in a blameless way; When will You come to me? I walked in the innocence of my heart in the midst of my house.
3 I have not set any lawless thing before my eyes; I hated those who commit transgressions;
4 A crooked heart shall not cleave to me; As for the evil man who turned away from me, I did not know him.
5 He who secretly slanders his neighbor, This one I chased away; The one with an arrogant eye and insatiable heart, With this one I did not eat.
6 My eyes were on the faithful of the earth, so they might dwell with me; He who walks in a blameless way, this one ministered to me.
7 He who acts arrogantly did not dwell in the midst of my house; He who speaks unjustly did not prosper before my eyes.
8 In the morning I slew all the sinners of the earth, So as to destroy from the city of the Lord all the workers of lawlessness.
Proverbs of Solomon 21
11 A righteous man understands the hearts of the ungodly, And he despises the ungodly in their evils.
12 He who closes his ears that he might not listen to the weak, He will also call upon someone, and there will be no one listening.
13 A secret gift calms anger, But he who refrains from giving gifts stirs up strong anger.
14 It is the joy of the righteous to do judgment, But a holy man is unclean before evildoers.†
15 A man who wanders from the way of righteousness Shall rest in an assembly of giants.
The Colt Borrowed
28 When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.†
29 And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples,
30 saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here.
31 And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it? ’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’ ”
32 So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them.
33 But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, “Why are you loosing the colt?”
The Triumphal Entry
34 And they said, “The Lord has need of him.”
35 Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him.
36 And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road.
37 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen,
38 saying: “ ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”
40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”
Lament over Jerusalem
41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,
42 saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.†
43 For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side,†
44 and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
Cleansing the Temple
45 Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it,†
46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”
47 And He was teaching daily in the temple. But the chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people sought to destroy Him,
48 and were unable to do anything; for all the people were very attentive to hear Him.