Praise for Exalting the Humble

1131 Let the Lord be praised. O you servants of the Lord, give praise to the name of the Lord. 2 Let blessing be on the name of the Lord, from this time and for ever. 3 From the coming up of the sun to its going down, the Lord's name is to be praised. 4 The Lord is high over all nations, and his glory is higher than the heavens. 5 Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, 6 Looking down on the heavens, and on the earth? 7 He takes the poor man out of the dust, lifting him up from his low position; 8 To give him a place among the rulers, even with the rulers of his people. 9 He gives the unfertile woman a family, making her a happy mother of children. Give praise to the Lord.

The Wonders of the Exodus

1141 When Israel came out of Egypt, the children of Jacob from a people whose language was strange to them; 2 Judah became his holy place, and Israel his kingdom. 3 The sea saw it, and went in flight; Jordan was turned back. 4 The mountains were jumping like goats, and the little hills like lambs. 5 What was wrong with you, O sea, that you went in flight? O Jordan, that you were turned back? 6 You mountains, why were you jumping like goats, and you little hills like lambs? 7 Be troubled, O earth, before the Lord, before the God of Jacob; 8 Who made the rock into a water-spring, and the hard stone into a fountain.

God and the Idols

1151 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name let glory be given, because of your mercy and your unchanging faith. 2 Why may the nations say, Where is now their God? 3 But our God is in heaven: he has done whatever was pleasing to him. 4 Their images are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. 5 They have mouths, but no voice; they have eyes, but they see not; 6 They have ears, but no hearing; they have noses, but no sense of smell; 7 They have hands without feeling, and feet without power of walking; and no sound comes from their throat. 8 Those who make them are like them; and so is everyone who puts his faith in them.

9 O Israel, have faith in the Lord: he is their help and their breastplate. 10 O house of Aaron, have faith in the Lord: he is their help and their breastplate. 11 You worshippers of the Lord, have faith in the Lord: he is their help and their breastplate. 12 The Lord has kept us in mind and will give us his blessing; he will send blessings on the house of Israel and on the house of Aaron. 13 He will send blessings on the worshippers of the Lord, on the small and on the great. 14 May the Lord give you and your children still greater increase. 15 May you have the blessing of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. 16 The heavens are the Lord's; but the earth he has given to the children of men. 17 The dead do not give praise to the Lord; or those who go down to the underworld. 18 But we will give praise to the Lord now and for ever. Praise be to the Lord.

Going to Law before Unbelievers

61 How is it, that if any one of you has a cause at law against another, he takes it before a Gentile judge and not before the saints? 2 Is it not certain that the saints will be the judges of the world? if then the world will be judged by you, are you unable to give a decision about the smallest things? 3 Is it not certain that we are to be the judges of angels? how much more then of the things of this life? 4 If then there are questions to be judged in connection with the things of this life, why do you put them in the hands of those who have no position in the church? 5 I say this to put you to shame. Is there not among you one wise man who may be able to give a decision between his brothers? 6 But a brother who has a cause at law against another takes it before Gentile judges. 7 More than this, it is not to your credit to have causes at law with one another at all. Why not put up with wrong? why not undergo loss? 8 So far from doing this, you yourselves do wrong and take your brothers' property.

9 Have you not knowledge that evil-doers will have no part in the kingdom of God? Have no false ideas about this: no one who goes after the desires of the flesh, or gives worship to images, or is untrue when married, or is less than a man, or makes a wrong use of men, 10 Or is a thief, or the worse for drink, or makes use of strong language, or takes by force what is not his, will have any part in the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you; but you have been washed, you have been made holy, you have been given righteousness in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

Glorify God in Your Body

12 I am free to do all things; but not all things are wise. I am free to do all things; but I will not let myself come under the power of any. 13 Food is for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will put an end to them together. But the body is not for the desires of the flesh, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body: 14 And God who made the Lord Jesus come back from the dead will do the same for us by his power. 15 Do you not see that your bodies are part of the body of Christ? how then may I take what is a part of the body of Christ and make it a part of the body of a loose woman? such a thing may not be. 16 Or do you not see that he who is joined to a loose woman is one body with her? for God has said, The two of them will become one flesh. 17 But he who is united to the Lord is one spirit. 18 Keep away from the desires of the flesh. Every sin which a man does is outside of the body; but he who goes after the desires of the flesh does evil to his body. 19 Or are you not conscious that your body is a house for the Holy Spirit which is in you, and which has been given to you by God? and you are not the owners of yourselves; 20 For a payment has been made for you: let God be honoured in your body.