1 Woe to those who distress you, though no one is causing you distress, and he who deals treacherously with you, though no one is dealing treacherously with you! Those who deal treacherously will be conquered and handed over, and like a moth in a garment they will be defeated.†
2 O Lord, have mercy on us; for we trust in You. The seed of the disobedient was made for destruction, but our salvation is in a time of affliction.†
3 The peoples were dismayed through fear of You, because of Your fearsome voice, and the nations were scattered.
4 So now the spoils of your small and great shall be gathered, as if someone might gather grasshoppers. Thus shall they make fun of you.
5 The God who dwells in the heights is holy. Zion is filled with judgment and righteousness.†
6 They will be handed over to the law. Our salvation is in treasures wherein is wisdom, knowledge, and godliness toward the Lord—these are the treasures of righteousness.
7 Behold therefore, they will fear you greatly, and those you feared will fear you. For messengers shall be sent entreating for peace, weeping bitterly as they ask for peace.
8 For their ways will lie desolate. The fear of the nations has ceased, and the covenant with them is taken away, and you will not reckon them as a people.
9 The earth mourns, and Lebanon is shamed. Sharon has become marshlands, and Galilee and Carmel are laid bare.
10 “Now I will arise,” says the Lord; “now I will be glorified; now I will be exalted.
11 Now you shall see, now you shall perceive; the strength of your spirit is vain; fire shall devour you.
12 The nations shall be burned up, like thorns thrown in the field and burned up.
13 Those afar off will hear what I have done; and those near will know My strength.”
14 The lawless in Zion departed; trembling will seize the ungodly. Who will tell you a fire is burning? Who will tell you about the eternal place?†
15 He who walks in righteousness and speaks uprightly, he who hates lawlessness and wrongdoing, who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, he who stops his ears from hearing the judgment of blood, and he who shuts his eyes from seeing wrongdoing.
16 He will dwell in a high cave of a mighty rock. Bread will be given him, and his water will be plentiful.†
17 All of you will see a King with His glory, and your eyes will see a land from afar.†
18 Your soul will think about fear. Where are the scribes? Where are the advisors? Where is he who numbers those growing up,
19 both a small and great people, with whom they did not consult, nor did he know a deep-voiced people, that a despised people should not hear, and there is no understanding to him who hears?
20 Behold, there is Zion, the city of our salvation. Your eyes will see Jerusalem, a wealthy city, a tabernacle which will not be shaken. Neither shall one of the tent-pegs of its tabernacle be moved forever, nor its cords broken;
21 for the name of the Lord is great to you. There will be a place for you—rivers and brooks, broad and spacious. You will not travel this way, nor will a boat with oars.
22 For my God is great. The Lord our judge will not pass me by. The Lord is our ruler, the Lord is our king. He will save us.†
23 Your ropes broke apart, for the boat was not strong. Your mast could not hold, and the sails slackened. It will not raise a flag until it is taken for booty. Therefore many lame men will make it a spoil.
24 And the people who dwell among them will not say, “I am weary,” for their sin shall be forgiven.
1 A psalm for Asaph. †O God, the nations entered Your inheritance; They defiled Your holy temple; They left Jerusalem in ruins.
2 They left the dead bodies of Your servants As food for the birds of heaven, The flesh of Your saints for the wild animals of the earth;
3 Their blood flowed like water around Jerusalem, And there was no one to bury them.
4 We were made a disgrace to our neighbors, A scorn and a mockery to those around us.
5 How long, O Lord? Will You be angry to the end? Will Your jealousy burn like fire?
6 Pour out Your wrath on the nations that do not know You, And on the kingdoms that did not call upon Your name;
7 For they devoured Jacob And made his dwelling place desolate.
8 Do not remember our transgressions of old; Let Your mercies quickly overtake us, For we have become very poor.
9 Help us, O God our savior; Because of the glory of Your name, O Lord, save us, And be merciful to our sins because of Your name;
10 Let the nations never say, “Where is their God?” And let it be known among the nations before our eyes: There is vengeance for the shed blood of Your servants.
11 Let the groaning of those in prison enter before You; According to the greatness of Your arm, Preserve the sons of those who were killed.
12 Repay our neighbors sevenfold into their bosom Their reproach by which they reviled You, O Lord.
13 For we are Your people and the sheep of Your pasture; We shall give thanks to You freely and openly forever; From generation to generation we will proclaim Your praise.
Proverbs of Solomon 16
26 A perverse man spreads evil things, And a torch of deceit kindles evils and separates friends.
27 A lawless man makes a trial of friends And leads them in ways not good.
28 A man sets his eyes to calculate perverse things And determines every evil thing with his lips; This man is a furnace of wickedness.
29 Old age is a crown of dignity, But it is found in the ways of righteousness.†
30 A patient man is better than a strong man, And he who controls his temper is better than he who captures a city.†
31 All evil things come into the bosoms of the unrighteous, But all righteous things come from the Lord.†
Walk in God’s Will
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,†
16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Be Filled with the Spirit
17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,†
19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,†
20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.†
The Mystery of Marriage
22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.†
23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.
24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,
26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.
29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.
30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.
31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.