February 24, 2007 · 4:05 pm
Psalm 82 (JPS) – A Psalm of Asaph.
God stands in the devine assembly;
among the devine beings He pronounces judgement.
How long will you judge perversely,
showing favor to the wicked? Selah.
Judge the wretched and the orphan,
vindicate the lowly and the poor,
rescue the wretched and the needy;
save them from the hand of the wicked.
They neither know nor understand,
they go about in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth totter.
I had taken you for divine beings,
sons of the Most High, all of you;
but you shall die as men do,
fall like any prince.
Arise, O God, judge the earth,
for all the nations are Your possession.
January 31, 2007 · 3:53 am
Titus 3:1-11 (NRSV) – text here is JPS translation…
O Lord, I set my hope on You;
my God, in You I trust;
may I not be disappointed;
may my enemies not exult over me.
O let none who look to You be disappointed;
let the faithless be disappointed, empty-handed.
Let me know Your paths, O Lord;
teach me Your ways;
guide me in Your true way and teach me,
for You are God, my deliverer;
it is You I look to at all times.
O Lord, be mindful of Your compassion
and Your faithfulness;
they are old as time.
Be not mindful of my youthful sins and transgressions;
in keeping with Your faithfulness consider what is in my favor,
as befits Your goodness, O Lord.
Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore He shows sinners the way.
He guides the lowly in the right path,
and teaches the lowly His way.
All the Lord’s paths are steadfast love
for those who keep the decrees of His covenant.
As befits Your name, O Lord,
pardon my iniquity though it be great.
Whoever fears the Lord,
he shall be shown what path to choose.
He shall live a happy life,
and his children shall inherit the land.
The counsel of the Lord is for those who fear Him;
to them He makes known His covenant.
My eyes are ever toward the Lord,
for He will loose my feet from the net.
Turn to me, have mercy on me,
for I am alone and afflicted.
My deep distress increases;
deliver me from my straits.
Look at my affliction and suffering,
and forgive all my sins.
See how numerous my enemies are,
and how unjustly they hate me!
Protect me and save me;
let me not be disappointed
for I have sought refuge in You.
May integrity and uprightness watch over me,
for I look to You.
O God, redeem Israel
from al its distress.