Longing for God's House
84 1 To the chief Musician. Upon the Gittith. Of the sons of Korah. A Psalm. How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Jehovah of hosts! 2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of Jehovah; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 3 Yea, the sparrow hath found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she layeth her young, thine altars, O Jehovah of hosts, my King and my God. 4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be constantly praising thee. Selah. 5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee,—they, in whose heart are the highways. 6 Passing through the valley of Baca, they make it a well-spring; yea, the early rain covereth it with blessings. 7 They go from strength to strength: [each one] will appear before God in Zion.
8 Jehovah, God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah. 9 Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed. 10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God, than dwell in the tents of wickedness. 11 For Jehovah Elohim is a sun and shield: Jehovah will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. 12 Jehovah of hosts, blessed is the man that confideth in thee!
A Prayer for God's Mercy on Israel
85 1 To the chief Musician. Of the sons of Korah. A Psalm. Thou hast been favourable, Jehovah, unto thy land; thou hast turned the captivity of Jacob: 2 Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people; thou hast covered all their sin. Selah. 3 Thou hast withdrawn all thy wrath; thou hast turned from the fierceness of thine anger. 4 Bring us back, O God of our salvation, and cause thine indignation toward us to cease. 5 Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger from generation to generation? 6 Wilt thou not revive us again, that thy people may rejoice in thee? 7 Shew us thy loving-kindness, O Jehovah, and grant us thy salvation.
8 I will hear what God, Jehovah, will speak; for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his godly ones: but let them not turn again to folly. 9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him, that glory may dwell in our land. 10 Loving-kindness and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other: 11 Truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from the heavens. 12 Jehovah also will give what is good, and our land shall yield its increase. 13 Righteousness shall go before him, and shall set his footsteps on the way.
A Prayer for God's Continued Mercy
86 1 Incline thine ear, Jehovah, answer me; for I am afflicted and needy. 2 Keep my soul, for I am godly; O thou my God, save thy servant who confideth in thee. 3 Be gracious unto me, O Lord; for unto thee do I call all the day. 4 Rejoice the soul of thy servant; for unto thee, Lord, do I lift up my soul. 5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive, and art of great loving-kindness unto all that call upon thee. 6 Give ear, O Jehovah, unto my prayer, and attend to the voice of my supplications. 7 In the day of my distress I will call upon thee, for thou wilt answer me.
8 Among the gods there is none like unto thee, Lord, and there is nothing like unto thy works. 9 All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord, and shall glorify thy name. 10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God, thou alone. 11 Teach me thy way, Jehovah; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. 12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with my whole heart; and I will glorify thy name for evermore. 13 For great is thy loving-kindness toward me, and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest Sheol. 14 O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assembly of the violent seek after my soul, and they have not set thee before them. 15 But thou, Lord, art a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in goodness and truth. 16 Turn toward me, and be gracious unto me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid. 17 Shew me a token for good, that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed; for thou, Jehovah, hast helped me and comforted me.
Exhortations for Christian Living
12 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the compassions of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, [which is] your intelligent service. 2 And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of [your] mind, that ye may prove what [is] the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace which has been given to me, to every one that is among you, not to have high thoughts above what he should think; but to think so as to be wise, as God has dealt to each a measure of faith. 4 For, as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office; 5 thus we, [being] many, are one body in Christ, and each one members one of the other. 6 But having different gifts, according to the grace which has been given to us, whether [it be] prophecy, [let us prophesy] according to the proportion of faith; 7 or service, [let us occupy ourselves] in service; or he that teaches, in teaching; 8 or he that exhorts, in exhortation; he that gives, in simplicity; he that leads, with diligence; he that shews mercy, with cheerfulness. 9 Let love be unfeigned; abhorring evil; cleaving to good: 10 as to brotherly love, kindly affectioned towards one another: as to honour, each taking the lead in paying it to the other: 11 as to diligent zealousness, not slothful; in spirit fervent; serving the Lord. 12 As regards hope, rejoicing: as regards tribulation, enduring: as regards prayer, persevering: 13 distributing to the necessities of the saints; given to hospitality. 14 Bless them that persecute you; bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with those that rejoice, weep with those that weep. 16 Have the same respect one for another, not minding high things, but going along with the lowly: be not wise in your own eyes: 17 recompensing to no one evil for evil: providing things honest before all men: 18 if possible, as far as depends on you, living in peace with all men; 19 not avenging yourselves, beloved, but give place to wrath; for it is written, Vengeance [belongs] to me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. 20 If therefore thine enemy should hunger, feed him; if he should thirst, give him drink; for, so doing, thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head. 21 Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.