Sept. 3

Psalms 140–142

For the Music Director. A Psalm of David.

1 Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men;

protect me from violent men,

2 who plan evil deeds in their heart

and continually gather together for conflicts.

3 They have tongues as sharp as a serpent;

adders’ poison is with their lips. Selah

4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;

preserve me from the violent men

who have planned to overthrow me.

5 The proud have hid a snare for me,

and with cords they have spread a net;

they have set traps for me. Selah

6 I said to the Lord, “You are my God;

hear the voice of my supplications, O Lord.”

7 O God my Lord, the strength of my salvation,

You have covered my head in the day of battle.

8 Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked;

do not allow his evil plot,

lest he be raised up. Selah

9 As for the head of those who encompass me,

let the mischief of their own lips overwhelm them;

10 let burning coals fall upon them;

let them be cast into the fire,

into deep pits that they do not rise up again.

11 Let not an evil speaker be established in the land;

let evil hunt the violent man to overthrow him!

12 I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted

and will give justice to the poor.

13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto Your name;

the upright shall dwell in Your presence.

Psalm 141

A Psalm of David.

1 Lord, I cry unto You; make haste to me;

give ear to my voice, when I cry unto You.

2 Let my prayer be set forth before You as incense,

and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

3 Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;

keep watch over the door of my lips.

4 Do not let my heart be drawn to any evil,

to practice wicked deeds

with men who do iniquity,

and do not let me eat of their delights.

5 Let the righteous man strike me;

it shall be a kindness.

Let him rebuke me;

it shall be oil for my head;

let my head not refuse it.

For my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.

6 When their judges are thrown to stony places,

then they shall hear my words, for they are sweet.

7 As when one plows to break up the land,

so our bones are scattered at the mouth of Sheol.

8 But my eyes are unto You, O God my Lord,

in You is my trust; do not leave my soul defenseless.

9 Keep me from the snares that they have laid for me,

and the traps of those who do iniquity.

10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,

while I pass by and escape.

Psalm 142

A Contemplative Maskil of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.

1 I cried unto the Lord with my voice;

with my voice I made my supplication unto the Lord.

2 I poured out my complaint before Him;

I declared to Him my trouble.

3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,

then You knew my path.

In the way where I walk,

they have laid a snare for me.

4 I looked on my right and noticed,

but there was no one who would care for me;

there is no refuge for me;

no one cares for my soul.

5 I cried unto You, O Lord;

I said, “You are my refuge

and my portion in the land of the living.”

6 Attend to my cry,

for I am brought very low;

deliver me from my persecutors,

for they are stronger than me.

7 Bring my soul out of prison,

that I may praise Your name;

the righteous shall surround me,

for You shall deal bountifully with me.

1 Corinthians 14:1–20

1 Follow after love and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. 2 For he who speaks in an unknown tongue does not speak to men, but to God. For no one understands him, although in the spirit, he speaks mysteries. 3 But he who prophesies speaks to men for their edification and exhortation and comfort. 4 He who speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. 5 I desire that you all speak in tongues, but even more that you prophesy. For greater is he who prophesies than he who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edification.

6 Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, what shall I profit you, unless I speak to you by revelation or knowledge or prophesying or doctrine? 7 Even when things without life give sound, whether flute or harp, how will it be known what is played unless they give a distinction in the sounds? 8 If the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for the battle? 9 So also you, unless with the tongue you speak words easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? For you shall speak into the air. 10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without significance. 11 Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the speech, I shall be a barbarian to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a barbarian to me. 12 So, seeing that you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that you may excel to the edifying of the church.

13 Let him who speaks in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. 14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding. 16 Otherwise, when you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the unlearned say “Amen” at your giving of thanks, seeing he does not understand what you say? 17 For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not edified.

18 I thank my God that I speak in tongues more than you all. 19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

20 Brothers, do not be children in your thinking; rather be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.