Psalms 126–128

A Song of Ascents.

1 When the Lord restored the captives of Zion,

we were like those who dream.

2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,

and our tongue with singing.

Then they said among the nations,

“The Lord has done great things for them.”

3 The Lord has done great things for us;

we are glad.

4 Restore our captives, O Lord,

as the streams in the Negev.

5 Those who sow in tears

shall reap in joy.

6 He who goes forth and weeps,

bearing precious seed to sow,

shall come home again with rejoicing,

bringing his grain sheaves with him.

Psalm 127

A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.

1 Except the Lord build the house,

those who build labor in vain;

except the Lord guards the city,

the watchman stays awake in vain.

2 It is in vain for you to rise up early,

to stay up late,

and to eat the bread of hard toil,

for He gives sleep to His beloved.

3 Look, children are a gift of the Lord,

and the fruit of the womb is a reward.

4 As arrows in the hand of a mighty warrior,

so are the children of one’s youth.

5 Happy is the man

who has his quiver full of them;

he shall not be ashamed

when he speaks with the enemies at the gate.

Psalm 128

A Song of Ascents.

1 Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,

who walks in His ways.

2 For you shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;

you will be happy, and it shall be well with you.

3 Your wife shall be as a fruitful vine

in your house,

your children like olive shoots

around your table.

4 Behold, this man shall be blessed

who fears the Lord.

5 The Lord shall bless you from Zion,

and may you see the welfare of Jerusalem

all the days of your life.

6 Indeed, may you see your children’s children.

Peace upon Israel!

1 Corinthians 10:19–33

19 What am I saying then, that the idol is anything or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is anything? 20 But I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God. I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. 22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?

23 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things edify. 24 Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.

25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no question for the sake of conscience, 26 for “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”

27 If any of those who do not believe invite you to a feast, and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for the sake of conscience. 28 But if anyone says to you, “This was offered in sacrifice to idols,” do not eat it for the sake of him that mentioned it and for the sake of conscience, for “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” 29 Conscience, I say, not your own, but that of the other. For why is my liberty judged by another man’s conscience? 30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I slandered concerning that for which I give thanks?

31 Therefore, whether you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God. 32 Give no offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God, 33 just as I try to please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.