Psalms 97–99

1 The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice;

let the many coastlands be glad!

2 Clouds and darkness are all around Him;

righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.

3 A fire goes before Him

and burns up His enemies all around.

4 His lightning bolts light up the world;

the earth sees and shakes.

5 The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord,

at the presence of the Lord of the earth.

6 The heavens declare His righteousness,

and all the peoples see His glory.

7 All who serve graven images are ashamed,

who boast in worthless idols;

worship Him, all you gods.

8 Zion hears and is glad,

and the daughters of Judah rejoice

because of Your judgments, O Lord.

9 For You, O Lord, are Most High above all the earth;

You are exalted far above all gods.

10 You who love the Lord, hate evil!

He preserves the lives of His devoted ones;

He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

11 Light goes out for the righteous,

and gladness for the upright in heart.

12 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous,

and give thanks at the memory of His holy name.

Psalm 98

A Psalm.

1 Oh, sing to the Lord a new song,

for He has done marvelous deeds!

His right hand and His holy arm

have accomplished deliverance.

2 The Lord has made known His salvation;

His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations.

3 He has remembered His mercy

and His faithfulness toward the house of Israel;

all the ends of the earth have seen

the deliverance of our God.

4 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth;

break out in loud songs, and sing praises.

5 Sing unto the Lord with the harp,

with the harp and the sound of melody,

6 with trumpets and sound of the horn;

make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King.

7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it,

the world and those who live in it;

8 let the rivers clap their hands;

let the hills be joyful together

9 before the Lord,

for He is coming to judge the earth.

With righteousness He will judge the world,

and the peoples with justice.

Psalm 99

1 The Lord reigns;

let the peoples tremble!

He sits enthroned between the cherubim;

let the earth shake.

2 The Lord is great in Zion;

He is high above all the peoples.

3 Let them praise Your great and awesome name—

He is holy!

4 The King’s strength loves justice;

You establish righteousness,

and You execute judgment

and fairness in Jacob.

5 Exalt the Lord our God,

and worship at His footstool—

He is holy!

6 Moses and Aaron were among His priests,

even Samuel was among them who called upon His name;

they called upon the Lord,

and He answered them.

7 He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud;

they kept His statutes and the ordinance that He gave them.

8 You answered them,

O Lord our God;

You were a God who forgave them,

though You took vengeance on their wrongdoing.

9 Exalt the Lord our God,

and worship at His holy mountain;

for the Lord our God is holy!

Romans 16

1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church at Cenchrea, 2 that you welcome her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and that you assist her in whatever matter she may have need of you, for she has been a helper of many and of myself as well.

3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, 4 who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I, but also all the churches of the Gentiles, give thanks.

5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house.

Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who is the first convert of Achaia for Christ.

6 Greet Mary, who labored much for us.

7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and fellow prisoners, who are noteworthy among the apostles, who also came to Christ before me.

8 Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord.

9 Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my beloved Stachys.

10 Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ.

Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus.

11 Greet Herodion, my kinsman.

Greet those who are of the household of Narcissus, who are in the Lord.

12 Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labor in the Lord.

Greet the beloved Persis, who also labored much in the Lord.

13 Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who is like a mother to me.

14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers who are with them.

15 Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.

16 Greet one another with a holy kiss.

The churches of Christ greet you.

17 Now I urge you, brothers, to closely watch those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the teaching which you have learned, and avoid them. 18 For such people do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own appetites, and through smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting. 19 Your obedience has become known to all men. Therefore I am glad on your behalf. Yet I want you to be wise to that which is good, and innocent to that which is evil.

20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

21 Timothy, my fellow worker, and Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, greet you.

22 I, Tertius, who wrote this epistle, greet you in the Lord.

23 Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you.

Erastus, who is the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus greet you.

24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

25 Now to Him who has power to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret for long ages past, 26 but now is revealed by the prophetic Scriptures according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all the Gentiles for the obedience of faith, 27 to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever. Amen.