Psalms 120–122

A Song of Ascents.

1 In my distress I cried unto the Lord,

and He heard me.

2 Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips

and from a deceitful tongue.

3 What shall be given to you,

or what shall be done to you, you false tongue?

4 Sharp arrows of the warrior,

with coals of the broom tree!

5 Woe is me, that I have sojourned in Meshek,

or that I have dwelled among the tents of Kedar!

6 My soul has long lived

with those who hate peace.

7 I am for peace,

but when I speak, they are for war!

Psalm 121

A Song of Ascents.

1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills,

from where does my help come?

2 My help comes from the Lord,

who made heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip;

He who keeps you will not slumber.

4 Behold, He who guards Israel

shall neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord is your guardian;

the Lord is your shade at your right hand.

6 The sun shall not harm you during the day,

nor the moon during the night.

7 The Lord shall protect you from all evil;

He shall preserve your soul.

8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in

from now and for evermore.

Psalm 122

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

1 I was glad when they said to me,

“Let us go into the house of the Lord.”

2 Our feet shall stand

within your gates, O Jerusalem.

3 Jerusalem is built as a city

that is designed for a multitude,

4 where the tribes go up,

the tribes of the Lord,

as a decree of Israel,

to give thanks unto the name of the Lord.

5 There are set thrones of judgment,

the thrones of the house of David.

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

“May they prosper who love you!

7 Peace be within your walls

and security within your towers!”

8 For my brothers and companions’ sake,

I will now say, “Peace be within you.”

9 Because of the house of the Lord our God,

I will seek your good.

1 Corinthians 9

1 Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? 2 If I am not an apostle to others, yet indeed I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

3 This is my answer to those who examine me. 4 Do we have no right to eat and to drink? 5 Do we not have the right to take along a believing wife as do other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas? 6 Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working?

7 Who goes to war at any time at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard, but does not eat of its fruit? Or who feeds a flock, but does not drink of the flock’s milk? 8 Do I say these things as a man? Or does the law not say the same thing also? 9 For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle the mouth of the ox while it treads out the grain.” Is God concerned about oxen? 10 Or does He say it completely for our sake? For our sake, no doubt, this is written so that he who plows should plow in hope, and that he who threshes in hope should partake of his hope. 11 If we have sown for you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your material things? 12 If others partake of this right over you, should not we instead?

Nevertheless, we have not used this right, but suffer all things, lest we might hinder the gospel of Christ.

13 Do you not know that those who minister unto holy things live from the things of the temple? And do you not know that those who wait at the altar partake of the altar? 14 In the same way, the Lord has ordained that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.

15 But I have used none of these rights, nor have I written these things that it should be so done to me. For it would be better for me to die than allow anyone to make my boasting void. 16 Though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for the requirement is laid upon me. Yes, woe unto me if I do not preach the gospel! 17 So if I do this willingly, I have a reward, but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a commission. 18 What is my reward then? Truly that when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, so that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel.

19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself servant to all, that I might win even more. 20 To the Jews, I became as a Jew, that I might win the Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are outside the law, as outside the law (being not without God’s law, but under Christ’s law) that I might win those who are outside the law. 22 To the weak, I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 This I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might partake of it with you.

24 Do you not know that all those who run in a race run, but one receives the prize? So run, that you may obtain it. 25 Everyone who strives for the prize exercises self-control in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible one. 26 So, therefore, I run, not with uncertainty. So I fight, not as one who beats the air. 27 But I bring and keep my body under subjection, lest when preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.