Psalm 73

Truly God is good to Israel, even
to such as are of a clean heart.
But as for me, my feet were almost
gone; my steps had well nigh
slipped.
For I was envious at the foolish,
when I saw the prosperity of the
wicked.
For there are no bands in their
death: but their strength is firm.
They are not in trouble as other
men; neither are they plagued like
other men.
Therefore pride compasseth them
about as a chain; violence
covereth them as a garment.
Their eyes stand out with fatness:
they have more than heart could
wish.
They are corrupt, and speak
wickedly concerning oppression:
they speak loftily.
They set their mouth against the
heavens, and their tongue walketh
through the earth.
Therefore his people return
hither: and waters of a full cup
are wrung out to them.
And they say, How doth God know?
and is there knowledge in the most
High?
Behold, these are the ungodly, who
prosper in the world; they
increase in riches.
Verily I have cleansed my heart in
vain, and washed my hands in
innocency.
For all the day long have I been
plagued, and chastened every
morning.
If I say, I will speak thus;
behold, I should offend against
the generation of thy children.
When I thought to know this, it
was too painful for me;
Until I went into the sanctuary of
God; then understood I their end.
Surely thou didst set them in
slippery places: thou castedst
them down into destruction.
How are they brought into
desolation, as in a moment! they
are utterly consumed with terrors.
As a dream when one awaketh; so, O
Lord, when thou awakest, thou
shalt despise their image.
Thus my heart was grieved, and I
was pricked in my reins.
So foolish was I, and ignorant: I
was as a beast before thee.
Nevertheless I am continually with
thee: thou hast holden me by my
right hand.
Thou shalt guide me with thy
counsel, and afterward receive me
to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but thee?
and there is none upon earth that
I desire beside thee.
My flesh and my heart faileth: but
God is the strength of my heart,
and my portion for ever.
For, lo, they that are far from
thee shall perish: thou hast
destroyed all them that go a
whoring from thee.
But it is good for me to draw near
to God: I have put my trust in the
Lord GOD, that I may declare all
thy works.

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Blessed is the name of the Lord

And my spirit hath rejoiced in God
my Saviour.
For he hath regarded the low
estate of his handmaiden: for,
behold, from henceforth all
generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath done to
me great things; and holy is his
name.
And his mercy is on them that fear
him from generation to generation.
He hath shewed strength with his
arm; he hath scattered the proud
in the imagination of their
hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from
their seats, and exalted them of
low degree.
He hath filled the hungry with
good things; and the rich he hath
sent empty away.
He hath holpen his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy;
As he spake to our fathers, to
Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

Luke 1:47-55

Immediately

And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Matthew 14:25-31

Therefore I say unto you, Take no
thought for your life, what ye
shall eat, or what ye shall drink;
nor yet for your body, what ye
shall put on. Is not the life more
than meat, and the body than
raiment?
Behold the fowls of the air: for
they sow not, neither do they
reap, nor gather into barns; yet
your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Which of you by taking thought can
add one cubit unto his stature?
And why take ye thought for
raiment? Consider the lilies of
the field, how they grow; they
toil not, neither do they spin:
And yet I say unto you, That even
Solomon in all his glory was not
arrayed like one of these.
Wherefore, if God so clothe the
grass of the field, which to day
is, and to morrow is cast into the
oven, shall he not much more
clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Therefore take no thought, saying,
What shall we eat? or, What shall
we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we
be clothed?
(For after all these things do the
Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly
Father knoweth that ye have need
of all these things.
But seek ye first the kingdom of
God, and his righteousness; and
all these things shall be added
unto you.
Take therefore no thought for the
morrow: for the morrow shall take
thought for the things of itself.
Sufficient unto the day is the
evil thereof.

Matthew 6:25-34

The Lord’s Jewels 

Then they that feared the LORD
spake often one to another: and
the LORD hearkened, and heard it,
and a book of remembrance was
written before him for them that
feared the LORD, and that thought
upon his name.
And they shall be mine, saith the
LORD of hosts, in that day when I
make up my jewels; and I will
spare them, as a man spareth his
own son that serveth him.
Then shall ye return, and discern
between the righteous and the
wicked, between him that serveth
God and him that serveth him not.

For, behold, the day cometh, that
shall burn as an oven; and all the
proud, yea, and all that do
wickedly, shall be stubble: and
the day that cometh shall burn
them up, saith the LORD of hosts,
that it shall leave them neither
root nor branch.
But unto you that fear my name
shall the Sun of righteousness
arise with healing in his wings;
and ye shall go forth, and grow up
as calves of the stall.
And ye shall tread down the
wicked; for they shall be ashes
under the soles of your feet in
the day that I shall do this,
saith the LORD of hosts.
Remember ye the law of Moses my servant,
which I commanded unto him in Horeb for
all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
before the coming of the great and
dreadful day of the LORD:
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers
to the children, and the heart of the
children to their fathers, lest I come and
smite the earth with a curse.

Malachi 3:16-18, 4

Thou, which hast shewed me great and
sore troubles, shalt quicken me again,
and shalt bring me up again from the
depths of the earth.
Thou shalt increase my greatness,
and comfort me on every side.
I will also praise thee with the
psaltery, even thy truth, O my
God: unto thee will I sing with
the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.
My lips shall greatly rejoice when
I sing unto thee; and my soul,
which thou hast redeemed.
My tongue also shall talk of thy
righteousness all the day long:
for they are confounded, for they
are brought unto shame, that seek
my hurt.

Psalm 71:20-24

Thus saith the LORD concerning the
prophets that make my people err, that
bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and
he that putteth not into their mouths,
they even prepare war against him.
Therefore night shall be unto you, that
ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be
dark unto you, that ye shall not divine;
and the sun shall go down over the
prophets, and the day shall be dark over
them.
Then shall the seers be ashamed, and
the diviners confounded: yea, they shall
all cover their lips; for there is no
answer of God.
But truly I am full of power by the spirit
of the LORD, and of judgment, and of
might, to declare unto Jacob his
transgression, and to Israel his sin.
Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the
house of Jacob, and princes of the
house of Israel, that abhor judgment,
and pervert all equity.

They build up Zion with blood, and
Jerusalem with iniquity.

The heads thereof judge for reward, and
the priests thereof teach for hire, and
the prophets thereof divine for money:
yet will they lean upon the LORD, and
say, Is not the LORD among us? none
evil can come upon us.

Therefore shall Zion for your sake be
plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall
become heaps, and the mountain of the
house as the high places of the forest.

Micah 3:5-12

A lamentation for the day of the LORD

Hear ye this word which I take up
against you, even a lamentation, O
house of Israel.
The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no
more rise: she is forsaken upon her
land; there is none to raise her up.
For thus saith the Lord GOD; The city
that went out by a thousand shall leave
an hundred, and that which went forth
by an hundred shall leave ten, to the
house of Israel.

For thus saith the LORD unto the house
of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:
But seek not Bethel, nor enter into
Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for
Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and
Bethel shall come to nought.

Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he
break out like fire in the house of
Joseph, and devour it, and there be
none to quench it in Bethel.

Ye who turn judgment to wormwood,
and leave off righteousness in the earth,
Seek him that maketh the seven stars
and Orion, and turneth the shadow of
death into the morning, and maketh the
day dark with night: that calleth for the
waters of the sea, and poureth them out
upon the face of the earth: The LORD is
his name:
That strengtheneth the spoiled against
the strong, so that the spoiled shall
come against the fortress.
They hate him that rebuketh in the gate,
and they abhor him that speaketh
uprightly.
Forasmuch therefore as your treading is
upon the poor, and ye take from him
burdens of wheat: ye have built houses
of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in
them; ye have planted pleasant
vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of
them.
For I know your manifold
transgressions and your mighty sins:
they afflict the just, they take a bribe,
and they turn aside the poor in the gate
from their right.

Therefore the prudent shall keep silence
in that time; for it is an evil time.
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live:
and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall
be with you, as ye have spoken.
Hate the evil, and love the good, and
establish judgment in the gate: it may
be that the LORD God of hosts will be
gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.

Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts,
the LORD, saith thus; Wailing shall be in
all streets; and they shall say in all the
highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call
the husbandman to mourning, and such
as are skilful of lamentation to wailing.
And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for
I will pass through thee, saith the LORD.

Woe unto you that desire the day of the
LORD! to what end is it for you? the day
of the LORD is darkness, and not light.
As if a man did flee from a lion, and a
bear met him; or went into the house,
and leaned his hand on the wall, and a
serpent bit him.
Shall not the day of the LORD be
darkness, and not light? even very dark,
and no brightness in it?
I hate, I despise your feast days, and I
will not smell in your solemn
assemblies.

Though ye offer me burnt offerings and
your meat offerings, I will not accept
them: neither will I regard the peace
offerings of your fat beasts.
Take thou away from me the noise of
thy songs; for I will not hear the melody
of thy viols.
But let judgment run down as waters,
and righteousness as a mighty stream.
Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and
offerings in the wilderness forty years,
O house of Israel?
But ye have borne the tabernacle of
your Moloch and Chiun your images, the
star of your god, which ye made to
yourselves.
Therefore will I cause you to go into
captivity beyond Damascus, saith the
LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.

Amos 5

Sow to yourselves in righteousness,
reap in mercy; break up your fallow
ground: for it is time to seek the LORD,
till he come and rain righteousness
upon you.

Hosea 10:12

Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.
Hosea 12:6

The Levites shall bear their shame

And thou shalt say to the rebellious,
even to the house of Israel, Thus saith
the Lord GOD; O ye house of Israel, let it
suffice you of all your abominations,
In that ye have brought into my
sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in
heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be
in my sanctuary, to pollute it, even my
house, when ye offer my bread, the fat
and the blood, and they have broken my
covenant because of all your
abominations.
And ye have not kept the charge of mine
holy things: but ye have set keepers of
my charge in my sanctuary for
yourselves.
Thus saith the Lord GOD; No stranger,
uncircumcised in heart, nor
uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into
my sanctuary, of any stranger that is
among the children of Israel.
And the Levites that are gone away far
from me, when Israel went astray, which
went astray away from me after their
idols; they shall even bear their iniquity.
Yet they shall be ministers in my
sanctuary, having charge at the gates of
the house, and ministering to the house:
they shall slay the burnt offering and the
sacrifice for the people, and they shall
stand before them to minister unto
them.
Because they ministered unto them
before their idols, and caused the house
of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore
have I lifted up mine hand against them,
saith the Lord GOD, and they shall bear
their iniquity.
And they shall not come near unto me,
to do the office of a priest unto me, nor
to come near to any of my holy things,
in the most holy place: but they shall
bear their shame, and their
abominations which they have committed.
Ezekiel 44:6-13