A Contemplation of Asaph. Give ear, O my people, [to] my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,
Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us.
We will not hide [them] from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.
For He established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children;
That the generation to come might know [them,] The children [who] would be born, [That] they may arise and declare [them] to their children,
That they may set their hope in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments;
And may not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation [that] did not set its heart aright, And whose spirit was not faithful to God.
The children of Ephraim, [being] armed [and] carrying bows, Turned back in the day of battle.
They did not keep the covenant of God; They refused to walk in His law,
And forgot His works And His wonders that He had shown them.
Marvelous things He did in the sight of their fathers, In the land of Egypt, [in] the field of Zoan.
He divided the sea and caused them to pass through; And He made the waters stand up like a heap.
In the daytime also He led them with the cloud, And all the night with a light of fire.
He split the rocks in the wilderness, And gave [them] drink in abundance like the depths.
He also brought streams out of the rock, And caused waters to run down like rivers.
But they sinned even more against Him By rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness.
And they tested God in their heart By asking for the food of their fancy.
Yes, they spoke against God: They said, "Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?
Behold, He struck the rock, So that the waters gushed out, And the streams overflowed. Can He give bread also? Can He provide meat for His people?"
Therefore the LORD heard [this] and was furious; So a fire was kindled against Jacob, And anger also came up against Israel,
Because they did not believe in God, And did not trust in His salvation.
Yet He had commanded the clouds above, And opened the doors of heaven,
Had rained down manna on them to eat, And given them of the bread of heaven.
Men ate angels' food; He sent them food to the full.
He caused an east wind to blow in the heavens; And by His power He brought in the south wind.
He also rained meat on them like the dust, Feathered fowl like the sand of the seas;
And He let [them] fall in the midst of their camp, All around their dwellings.
So they ate and were well filled, For He gave them their own desire.
They were not deprived of their craving; But while their food [was] still in their mouths,
The wrath of God came against them, And slew the stoutest of them, And struck down the choice [men] of Israel.
In spite of this they still sinned, AND did not believe in His wondrous works.
Therefore their days He consumed in futility, And their years in fear.
When He slew them, then they sought Him; And they returned and sought earnestly for God.
Then they remembered that God [was] their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer.
Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouth, And they lied to Him with their tongue;
For their heart was not steadfast with Him, Nor were they faithful in His covenant.
But He, [being] full of compassion, forgave [their] iniquity, And did not destroy [them.] Yes, many a time He turned His anger away, And did not stir up all His wrath;
For He remembered that they [were but] flesh, A breath that passes away and does not come again.
How often they provoked Him in the wilderness, [And] grieved Him in the desert!
Yes, again and again they tempted God, And limited the Holy One of Israel.
They did not remember His power: The day when He redeemed them from the enemy,
When He worked His signs in Egypt, And His wonders in the field of Zoan;
Turned their rivers into blood, And their streams, that they could not drink.
He sent swarms of flies among them, which devoured them, And frogs, which destroyed them.
He also gave their crops to the caterpillar, And their labor to the locust.
He destroyed their vines with hail, And their sycamore trees with frost.
He also gave up their cattle to the hail, And their flocks to fiery lightning.
He cast on them the fierceness of His anger, Wrath, indignation, and trouble, By sending angels of destruction [among them.]
He made a path for His anger; He did not spare their soul from death, But gave their life over to the plague,
And destroyed all the firstborn in Egypt, The first of [their] strength in the tents of Ham.
But He made His own people go forth like sheep, And guided them in the wilderness like a flock;
And He led them on safely, so that they did not fear; But the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
And He brought them to His holy border, This mountain [which] His right hand had acquired.
He also drove out the nations before them, Allotted them an inheritance by survey, And made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents.
Yet they tested and provoked the Most High God, And did not keep His testimonies,
But turned back and acted unfaithfully like their fathers; They were turned aside like a deceitful bow.
For they provoked Him to anger with their high places, And moved Him to jealousy with their carved images.
When God heard [this,] He was furious, And greatly abhorred Israel,
So that He forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, The tent He had placed among men,
And delivered His strength into captivity, And His glory into the enemy's hand.
He also gave His people over to the sword, And was furious with His inheritance.
The fire consumed their young men, And their maidens were not given in marriage.
Their priests fell by the sword, And their widows made no lamentation.
Then the Lord awoke as [from] sleep, Like a mighty man who shouts because of wine.
And He beat back His enemies; He put them to a perpetual reproach.
Moreover He rejected the tent of Joseph, And did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,
But chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion which He loved.
And He built His sanctuary like the heights, Like the earth which He has established forever.
He also chose David His servant, And took him from the sheepfolds;
From following the ewes that had young He brought him, To shepherd Jacob His people, And Israel His inheritance.
So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.
A Psalm of Asaph. O God, the nations have come into Your inheritance; Your holy temple they have defiled; They have laid Jerusalem in heaps.
The dead bodies of Your servants They have given [as] food for the birds of the heavens, The flesh of Your saints to the beasts of the earth.
Their blood they have shed like water all around Jerusalem, And [there was] no one to bury [them.]
We have become a reproach to our neighbors, A scorn and derision to those who are around us.
How long, LORD? Will You be angry forever? Will Your jealousy burn like fire?
Pour out Your wrath on the nations that do not know You, And on the kingdoms that do not call on Your name.
For they have devoured Jacob, And laid waste his dwelling place.
Oh, do not remember former iniquities against us! Let Your tender mercies come speedily to meet us, For we have been brought very low.
Help us, O God of our salvation, For the glory of Your name; And deliver us, and provide atonement for our sins, For Your name's sake!
Why should the nations say, "Where [is] their God?" Let there be known among the nations in our sight The avenging of the blood of Your servants [which has been] shed.
Let the groaning of the prisoner come before You; According to the greatness of Your power Preserve those who are appointed to die;
And return to our neighbors sevenfold into their bosom Their reproach with which they have reproached You, O Lord.
So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture, Will give You thanks forever; We will show forth Your praise to all generations.
After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.
Then He said to them, "The harvest truly [is] great, but the laborers [are] few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
"Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves.
"Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road.
"But whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this house.'
"And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you.
"And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house.
"Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you.
"And heal the sick there, and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.'
"But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say,
'The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.'
"But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city.
" Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
"But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you.
"And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades.
"He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me."
Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name."
And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
"Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
"Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven."
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from [the] wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.
"All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and [the one] to whom the Son wills to reveal [Him."]
Then He turned to [His] disciples and said privately, "Blessed [are] the eyes which see the things you see;
"for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen [it,] and to hear what you hear, and have not heard [it."]
And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your reading [of it?"]
So he answered and said, " 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,' and 'your neighbor as yourself.' "
And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live."
But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain [man] went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded [him,] and departed, leaving [him] half dead.
"Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
"Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.
"But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.
"So he went to [him] and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
"On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave [them] to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.'
"So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?"
And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.
And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word.
But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me."
And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.
"But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."