Psalms 137–139

1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down and wept

when we remembered Zion.

2 We hung our harps

upon the poplars.

3 For there our captors made us sing

and our tormentors made us entertain,

saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”

4 How shall we sing the song of the Lord

in a foreign land?

5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem,

let my right hand forget its skill.

6 If I do not remember you,

let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,

if I do not have Jerusalem

as my highest joy.

7 Remember, O Lord, the people of Edom

in the day of Jerusalem,

who said, “Raze it, raze it,

down to its foundations.”

8 O daughter of Babylon, who is to be destroyed,

blessed is the one who rewards you

as you have done to us.

9 Blessed is the one who takes

and dashes your little ones against the rocks.

Psalm 138

A Psalm of David.

1 I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;

before the gods I will sing Your praise.

2 I will worship toward Your holy temple,

and praise Your name

for Your lovingkindness and for Your truth;

for You have exalted Your word

above all Your name.

3 On the day I called, You answered me,

and strengthened me in my soul.

4 All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O Lord,

for they have heard the words of Your mouth.

5 Indeed, they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,

for great is the glory of the Lord.

6 Though the Lord is exalted, yet He has concern for the lowly,

but the proud one He knows from a distance.

7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

You will preserve me;

You stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,

and Your right hand saves me.

8 The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me;

Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;

do not forsake the works of Your hands.

Psalm 139

For the Music Director. A Psalm of David.

1 O Lord, You have searched me

and known me.

2 You know when I sit down and when I get up;

You understand my thought from far off.

3 You search my path and my lying down

and are aware of all my ways.

4 For there is not a word on my tongue,

but behold, O Lord, You know it fully.

5 You put Yourself behind and before me,

and keep Your hand on me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

it is lofty, and I cannot fathom it.

7 Where shall I go from Your spirit,

or where shall I flee from Your presence?

8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there;

if I make my bed in Sheol, You are there.

9 If I take the wings of the morning

and dwell at the end of the sea,

10 even there Your hand shall guide me,

and Your right hand shall take hold of me.

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,

and the light shall be as night about me,”

12 even the darkness is not dark to You,

but the night shines as the day,

for the darkness is like light to You.

13 You brought my inner parts into being;

You wove me in my mother’s womb.

14 I will praise you, for You made me with fear and wonder;

marvelous are Your works,

and You know me completely.

15 My frame was not hidden from You

when I was made in secret,

and intricately put together in the lowest parts of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw me unformed,

yet in Your book

all my days were written,

before any of them came into being.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!

How great is the sum of them!

18 If I should count them,

they are more in number than the sand;

when I awake,

I am still with You.

19 If only You would slay the wicked, O God!

O violent men, depart from me.

20 For they speak against You with malice,

and Your enemies take your name in vain.

21 Do I not hate those, O Lord, who hate You?

And do I not abhor those who rise up against You?

22 I hate them with perfect hatred;

I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;

try me, and know my concerns,

24 and see if there is any rebellious way in me,

and lead me in the ancient way.

1 Corinthians 13

1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profits me nothing.

4 Love suffers long and is kind; love envies not; love flaunts not itself and is not puffed up, 5 does not behave itself improperly, seeks not its own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; 6 rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

8 Love never fails. But if there are prophecies, they shall fail; if there are tongues, they shall cease; and if there is knowledge, it shall vanish. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect comes, then that which is imperfect shall pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, and I thought as a child. But when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see as through a glass, dimly, but then, face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know, even as I also am known.

13 So now abide faith, hope, and love, these three. But the greatest of these is love.