1 The fire shall burn up the adversaries, and the Lord’s name shall be manifest among the adversaries; and the nations shall be troubled by Your presence.†
2 When You do glorious things, trembling shall take hold of the mountains because of You.
3 From of old we have not heard, nor have our eyes seen any God but You, and Your works which You shall do for those who wait for Your mercy.
4 For mercy shall meet with those who do righteousness, and they shall remember your ways. Behold, You were angry, for we sinned; therefore, we went astray.†
5 We all are become as unclean, and all our righteousness is like a filthy rag. We fall off like leaves because of our wrongdoings; thus the wind will carry us away.†
6 There is no one who calls upon Your name and who remembers to take hold of You; for You turned away Your face from us, and delivered us over because of our sins.
7 And now, O Lord, You are our Father, and all we are clay, the work of Your hands.
8 Do not be exceedingly angry with us, and do not remember our sins in an opportune time. And now look upon us, for we are all Your people.
9 The city of Your holy place has become a desert. Zion is like a desert, and Jerusalem is for a curse.
10 The house, our holy place and the glory our father blessed, has been burnt with fire, and all our glorious things have become extinct.
11 You tolerated all this, O Lord, and were silent; and You humbled us exceedingly. Day
1 Alleluia. †Give thanks to the Lord and call upon His name; Report His works among the Gentiles;
2 Sing to Him, and play a stringed instrument to Him; Describe all His wonderful works.
3 Praise His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad;
4 Seek the Lord and be strengthened; Seek His face continually.
5 Remember the wonders He performed, Of His marvels and the judgments of His mouth,
6 O seed of Abraham, His servants, O sons of Jacob, His chosen ones.
7 He is the Lord our God; His judgments are in all the earth.
8 Remember His covenant forever, And His word He commanded for a thousand generations,
9 Which He established with Abraham, And His oath with Isaac;
10 And He established it as an ordinance with Jacob And as an everlasting covenant with Israel,
11 Saying, “I shall give you the land of Canaan As the portion of your inheritance.”
12 When they were few in number, The smallest and sojourners in the land,
13 And passed through from nation to nation, From a kingdom to a different people,
14 He allowed no man to wrong them; And He reproved kings on their behalf:
15 “Do not touch My anointed ones, And do not act wickedly towards My prophets.”
Proverbs of Solomon 22
16 The mouth of a lawless man is a deep pit, And the man hated by the Lord shall fall into it.†
17 Evil ways are before a man, And he does not love to turn away from them, But it is necessary to turn away from a crooked and evil way.
18 Folly fastens itself to the heart of a child, For the rod and instruction are far from him.
19 He who oppresses a poor man increases his possessions, Yet he gives them to a rich man to lessen them.
20 Incline your ear to the words of the wise and hear my word, And establish your heart, that you may know they are good.†
Kindness Toward All Men
1 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work,
2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.
God’s Kindness to Us
3 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.
4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,
5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,†
6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.†
8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.
Heretical and Schismatic Members
9 But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless.
10 Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition,†
11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.
12 When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, be diligent to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.
13 Send Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey with haste, that they may lack nothing.
14 And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful.
15 All who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.