Jan 9, 2020

Psalm 5 (CSB)

Psalm 5

THE REFUGE OF THE RIGHTEOUS

For the choir director: with the flutes. A psalm of David.

Listen to my words, Lord; 

consider my sighing.

Pay attention to the sound of my cry, 

my King and my God,

for I pray to you.

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; 

in the morning I plead my case to you and watch expectantly.

For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; 

evil cannot dwell with you.

The boastful cannot stand in your sight; 

you hate all evildoers.

You destroy those who tell lies; 

the Lord abhors violent and treacherous people. 

But I enter your house 

by the abundance of your faithful love;

I bow down toward your holy temple

in reverential awe of you.

Lord, lead me in your righteousness 

because of my adversaries;

make your way straight before me.

For there is nothing reliable in what they say; 

destruction is within them;

their throat is an open grave;

they flatter with their tongues.

10 Punish them, God; 

let them fall by their own schemes.

Drive them out because of their many crimes,

for they rebel against you.

11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; 

let them shout for joy forever.

May you shelter them,

and may those who love your name boast about you.

12 For you, Lord, bless the righteous one; 

you surround him with favor like a shield.

Proverbs 1:20–23 (CSB)

WISDOM’S PLEA

20 Wisdom calls out in the street; 

she makes her voice heard in the public squares.

21 She cries out above the commotion; 

she speaks at the entrance of the city gates:

22 “How long, inexperienced ones, will you love ignorance? 

How long will you mockers enjoy mocking

and you fools hate knowledge?

23 If you respond to my warning,,

then I will pour out my spirit on you

and teach you my words.

Matthew 5:33–48 (CSB)

TELL THE TRUTH

33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to our ancestors, You must not break your oath, but you must keep your oaths to the Lord., 34 But I tell you, don’t take an oath at all: either by heaven, because it is God’s throne; 35 or by the earth, because it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King. 36 Do not swear by your head, because you cannot make a single hair white or black. 37 But let your ‘yes’ mean ‘yes,’ and your ‘no’ mean ‘no.’ Anything more than this is from the evil one.

GO THE SECOND MILE

38 “You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth., 39 But I tell you, don’t resist an evildoer. On the contrary, if anyone slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 As for the one who wants to sue you and take away your shirt, let him have your coat as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and don’t turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

43 “You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor, and hate your enemy. 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. For he causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what are you doing out of the ordinary?, Don’t even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.