Psalms 72–73

A Psalm of Solomon.

1 Give the king Your judgments, O God,

and Your righteousness to the king’s son.

2 May he judge Your people with righteousness,

and Your poor with justice.

3 May the mountains bring well-being to the people,

and the hills, in righteousness.

4 May he judge the poor of the people,

may he save the children of the needy,

and crush the oppressor.

5 May they fear You as long as the sun endures,

and the moon, throughout all generations.

6 May he descend like rain on the mown grass,

as showers dripping on the earth.

7 In his days may the righteous flourish,

and abundance of peace until the moon is no more.

8 May he have dominion from sea to sea,

and from the River to the ends of the earth.

9 May those who dwell in the wilderness bow before him,

and his enemies lick the dust.

10 May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles

bring presents;

the kings of Sheba and Seba

offer a gift.

11 May all kings bow down before him;

may all nations serve him.

12 Indeed, may he deliver the needy when he cries;

the poor also, and him who has no helper.

13 May he have compassion on the poor and needy,

and save the lives of the needy.

14 May he redeem their life from deceit and violence;

and may their blood be precious in his sight.

15 May he live long,

and may one give him the gold of Sheba;

and pray for him continually;

and all day long may he be blessed.

16 May there be abundance of grain in the earth

on the top of the mountains;

may its fruit shake like Lebanon;

and may those from the city flourish like grass of the earth.

17 May his name endure forever;

may his name increase as long as the sun.

May men be blessed in him;

may all nations call him blessed!

18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,

who alone does wondrous deeds.

19 Blessed be His glorious name forever;

and may the whole earth be filled with His glory.

Amen, and Amen.

20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.

Psalm 73

A Psalm of Asaph.

1 Truly God is good to Israel,

to the pure in heart.

2 But as for me, my feet almost stumbled;

my steps had almost slipped.

3 For I was envious at the boastful;

I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

4 For there are no pains in their death;

their bodies are fat.

5 They are not in trouble as other people;

nor are they plagued like others.

6 Therefore pride is their necklace;

violence covers them as a garment.

7 Their eyes bulge with fatness;

they have more than a heart could wish.

8 They mock and speak with evil oppression;

they speak loftily.

9 They set their mouth against the heavens,

and their tongue struts through the earth.

10 Therefore people turn to them,

and abundant waters are drunk by them.

11 They say, “How does God know?

And is there knowledge with the Most High?”

12 Observe, these are the wicked, always at ease;

they increase in riches.

13 Surely I have kept my heart pure for nothing,

and washed my hands in innocence.

14 For all the day long I am plagued,

and chastened every morning.

15 If I said, “I will speak thus,”

I would have betrayed the generation of Your children.

16 When I thought to understand this,

it was troublesome in my eyes,

17 until I went into the sanctuary of God;

then I understood their end.

18 Surely You have set them in slippery places;

You have brought them down to ruin.

19 How they come to desolation, as in a moment!

They have come to an end, utterly consumed with terrors.

20 As a dream when one awakes,

so, O Lord, when You awake,

You will despise their form.

21 Thus my heart was embittered,

and I was pierced in my feelings.

22 I was a brute and did not understand;

I was as a beast before You.

23 Nevertheless I am continually with You;

You have held me by my right hand.

24 You will guide me with Your counsel,

and afterward receive me to glory.

25 Whom have I in heaven but You?

And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides You.

26 My flesh and my heart fails,

but God is the strength of my heart

and my portion forever.

27 For those who are far from You will perish;

You destroy everyone who is

unfaithful to You.

28 But it is good for me to draw near to God;

I have taken my refuge in the Lord God,

that I may declare all Your works.

Romans 9:1–15

1 I am speaking the truth in Christ, I am not lying; my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I have great sorrow and continual anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brothers, my kinsmen by race, 4 who are Israelites, to whom belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises, 5 to whom belong the patriarchs, and from whom, according to the flesh, is Christ, who is over all, God forever blessed. Amen.

6 It is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel, 7 nor are they all children because they are descendants of Abraham, but “In Isaac shall your descendants be called.” 8 So those who are the children of the flesh are not the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as descendants. 9 For this is the word of promise, “At this time I will come, and Sarah shall have a son.”

10 Not only that, but Rebekah also had conceived by one man, our father Isaac. 11 For before the children had been born, having done neither evil nor good, so that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but through Him who calls, 12 it was said to her, “The elder shall serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”

14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid! 15 For He says to Moses,

“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,

and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”