1 “I am perishing, carried away by the wind; And I ask for a burial-place, but cannot obtain it.
2 I am tired of entreating, yet what have I done?
3 Strangers have stolen my possessions. Who is he? Let him join hands with me.
4 For You hid their heart from discernment; Therefore, You will not exalt them.†
5 He will declare evils as their portion, But my eyes melt away because of my children.
Where Is My Hope?
6 “But You made me a byword among the people, And I have become an object of laughter to them.
7 For my eyes are petrified because of Your wrath, And I am greatly besieged by everyone.
8 Amazement seizes true men because of this, And the righteous man rises against the lawless man.
9 May the faithful man hold to his way, And may those who have clean hands take courage.
10 “Nevertheless, all of you stick together, And indeed come, for I did not find you to be true.
11 My days have passed in groaning And my heartstrings are broken.
12 Light turned night into day. It is near at the appearance of darkness.
13 If I tarry, Hades is my home, And my bed is spread in darkness.
14 I called upon death to be my father And decay to be my mother and my sister.
15 Where then is my hope, Or where shall I see my good things?
16 Will they go down with me to Hades, Or shall we go down together in the tomb?”
1 Alleluia. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His mercy endures forever.
2 Who shall tell the mighty deeds of the Lord, Who shall make all His praises heard?
3 Blessed are those who keep His judgment, And do righteousness at all times.
4 Remember us, O Lord, because of the goodwill of Your people; Visit us with Your salvation,
5 So as to see it in the goodness of Your chosen ones; So as to be glad with the joy of Your nation, So as to praise You in the midst of Your inheritance.
6 We sinned with our fathers; We committed lawlessness; we acted wrongfully.
7 Our fathers did not understand Your wonders in Egypt; They did not remember the multitude of Your mercy, But rebelled when they went up to the Red Sea.
8 But He saved them because of His name, So they might know His power;
9 And He rebuked the Red Sea, and it was dried up; And He led them in the sea as though it were a desert.
10 He saved them from the hands of those who hated them, And redeemed them from the hand of the enemy;
11 So the water covered those who afflicted them; There was not one left among them.
12 Then they believed His words And sang His praise.
13 They were quick to forget His works; They did not wait for His counsel;
14 And they desired exceedingly in the desert, And tempted God in a waterless place.
15 So He gave them their request And fully satisfied their souls.
Proverbs of Solomon 23
Understanding and Priorities
1 If you sit down to dine at a table of princes, Understand carefully the things put before you;†
2 And apply your hand, Knowing you should prepare certain things;
3 And if you are insatiable, do not desire its delicacies, For these things belong to a false life.
4 If you are poor, do not measure yourself with a rich man, But keep away from this in your thinking;
5 If you fix your eye on him, he will disappear, For wings like an eagle’s are prepared for him, And he returns to the house of his master.
The Women Find the Tomb Empty
1 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.†
2 But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.†
3 Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.†
5 Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?†
6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee,
7 saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ”
8 And they remembered His words.
9 Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.
10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles.†
11 And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them.
12 But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.
Jesus Appears: The Road to Emmaus
13 Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem.†
14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them.
16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.†
17 And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”
18 Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”
19 And He said to them, “What things?” So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,
20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him.
21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened.†
22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us.
23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive.
24 And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”
25 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!
26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?”†
27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
28 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther.
29 But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.
30 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.†
31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”†
33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together,
34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”
35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.