Psalms 94–96

1 O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongs;

O God to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth.

2 Rise up, O Judge of the earth;

render to the proud what they deserve.

3 O Lord, how long shall the wicked,

how long shall the wicked triumph?

4 They spew forth their arrogant words;

all those who do iniquity boast.

5 They break in pieces Your people, O Lord,

and afflict Your inheritance.

6 They kill the widow and the sojourner,

and murder the fatherless.

7 Yet they say, “The Lord does not see,

neither does the God of Jacob regard it.”

8 Understand, you brutish among the people;

fools, when will you be wise?

9 He who made the ear, shall He not hear?

He who formed the eye, shall He not see?

10 He who chastises the nations, shall He not correct?

He teaches people knowledge!

11 The Lord, He knows the thoughts of people,

that they are a breath.

12 Blessed is the man whom You chasten, O Lord,

and teach from Your law,

13 that You may give him rest from the days of adversity,

until a pit is dug for the wicked.

14 For the Lord will not forsake His people;

neither will He abandon His inheritance.

15 But justice shall return to those who are righteous,

and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

16 Who will rise up for me against the wicked?

Who will stand up for me against those who do iniquity?

17 Unless the Lord had been my help,

my soul would have lived in the land of silent death.

18 When I said, “My foot slips,”

Your mercy, O Lord, held me up.

19 When there is a multitude of worries within me,

Your comforts delight my soul.

20 Shall wicked rulers, who make oppressive laws,

align with You?

21 They conspire together against the life of the righteous

and condemn innocent blood to death.

22 But the Lord is my defense,

and my God is the rock of my refuge.

23 He shall bring upon them their own iniquity

and shall cut them off for their own wickedness;

yes, the Lord our God shall destroy them.

Psalm 95

1 O come, let us sing unto the Lord;

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;

let us make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms!

3 For the Lord is a great God,

and a great King above all gods.

4 In His hand are the deep places of the earth;

the heights of the mountains are also His.

5 The sea is His, for He made it,

and His hands formed the dry land.

6 O come, let us worship and bow down;

let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker.

7 For He is our God,

and we are the people of His pasture

and the sheep of His hand.

Today if you hear His voice,

8 do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,

and as in the day of Massah in the wilderness,

9 when your fathers tested Me and tried Me,

though they had seen My deeds.

10 For forty years I loathed that generation

and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,

and they have not known My ways.”

11 Therefore I swore in My wrath,

“They shall not enter into My rest.”

Psalm 96

1 O sing unto the Lord a new song;

sing unto the Lord, all the earth!

2 Sing unto the Lord, bless His name;

declare His salvation from day to day.

3 Proclaim His glory among the nations,

His wonders among all peoples.

4 For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised;

He is to be feared above all gods.

5 For all the gods of the nations are worthless,

but the Lord made the heavens.

6 Honor and majesty are before Him;

strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.

7 Give unto the Lord, O families of the people,

give unto the Lord glory and strength.

8 Give unto the Lord the glory due His name;

bring an offering, and come into His courts.

9 Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness;

tremble before Him, all the earth.

10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!

Indeed, the world is established; it shall not be moved;

He shall judge the peoples righteously.”

11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;

let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

12 let the field be joyful, and all that is in it;

then all the trees of the forests shall rejoice

13 before the Lord, for He comes,

for He comes to judge the earth.

He shall judge the world with righteousness

and the peoples with His faithfulness.

Romans 15:14–33

14 Now I myself am persuaded concerning you, my brothers, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and also able to instruct one another. 15 Nevertheless, brothers, I have written even more boldly to you on some points, to remind you, because of the grace that is given to me from God, 16 that I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

17 In Christ Jesus therefore I have reason to boast in my service to God. 18 For I will not dare to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, 19 by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and as far around as Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. 20 So I have strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, so that I should not build on another man’s foundation. 21 But as it is written:

“To whom He was not announced, they shall see;

and those who have not heard shall understand.”

22 For this reason also I was often hindered from coming to you. 23 But now, no longer having a place in these regions, and having a great desire for many years to come to you, 24 whenever I go to Spain, I shall come to you, for I hope to see you when I pass through and to be helped on my way there by you, when I have first enjoyed your company for a little while. 25 But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem. 27 It has pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, they also ought to minister to them in material things. 28 Therefore, when I have completed this and have given this blessing to them, I shall come by way of you to Spain, 29 and I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.

30 Now I ask you, brothers, through the Lord Jesus Christ and through the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, 31 that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my ministry for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 so that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you. 33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.