Psalms 129–131

A Song of Ascents.

1 “Often they have afflicted me from my youth,”

may Israel now say,

2 “often they have afflicted me from my youth,

yet they have not prevailed against me.

3 The plowmen plowed upon my back;

they made their furrows long.”

4 The Lord is righteous;

He has cut the cords of the wicked.

5 Let all those be shamed

and turned back who hate Zion.

6 Let them be as the grass on the housetops,

which withers before it even grows,

7 where the reaper is unable to fill his hand,

or he who binds sheaves, his arms.

8 Neither do they who pass by say,

“The blessing of the Lord be upon you;

we bless you in the name of the Lord!”

Psalm 130

A Song of Ascents.

1 From the depths I call on You, O Lord!

2 O Lord, hear my voice;

let Your ears be attentive

to the sound of my supplications.

3 If you, O Lord, should keep track of iniquities,

O Lord, who shall stand?

4 For there is forgiveness with You,

that You may be feared.

5 I wait for the Lord, with bated breath I wait;

I long for His Word!

6 My soul waits for the Lord,

more than watchmen for the morning,

more than watchmen for the morning.

7 Let Israel wait for the Lord!

For mercy is found with the Lord;

with Him is great redemption.

8 He shall redeem Israel

from all their iniquities.

Psalm 131

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

1 Lord, my heart is not haughty,

my eyes are not raised too high.

I have not striven for enormities,

for things too wonderful for me.

2 I composed and quieted my desire,

like a child given suck by his mother;

like a child who sucks is my desire within me.

3 Let Israel hope in the Lord

from now and forever.

1 Corinthians 11:1–16

1 Follow me as I follow Christ.

2 I praise you, brothers, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions as I delivered them to you. 3 But I would have you know that the head of the woman is the man, the head of every man is Christ, and the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man praying or prophesying having his head covered dishonors his head, 5 but every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is the same as if she were shaved. 6 For if the woman is not covered, let her also cut off her hair. But if it is a shame for a woman to have her hair cut off or shaved, let her be covered.

7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, because he is the image and glory of God. But the woman is the glory of the man. 8 The man is not from the woman, but the woman from the man. 9 The man was not created for the woman, but the woman for the man. 10 For this reason the woman ought to have a veil of authority over her head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, neither is the man without the woman, nor the woman without the man in the Lord. 12 For just as the woman came from the man, so the man comes through the woman, but all things come from God.

13 Judge for yourselves. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God uncovered? 14 Does even nature itself not teach you that if a man has long hair it is a shame to him? 15 But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her, for her hair is given her for a covering. 16 But if anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor have the churches of God.