Psalms 146–147

1 Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord, O my soul!

2 While I live I will praise the Lord;

I will sing praises unto my God while I have my life.

3 Do not put your trust in princes,

nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.

4 His breath leaves him, and he returns to the earth;

on that very day his plans perish.

5 Blessed is he who has the God of Jacob

for his help,

whose hope is in the Lord his God,

6 who made heaven, and earth,

the sea, and all that is in them,

who keeps faithfulness forever,

7 who executes justice for the oppressed,

who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord releases the prisoners.

8 The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;

the Lord raises those who are brought down;

the Lord loves the righteous.

9 The Lord preserves the sojourners;

He lifts up the fatherless and widow,

but on the way of the wicked He brings disaster.

10 The Lord shall reign forever,

your God, O Zion, unto all generations.

Praise you the Lord!

Psalm 147

1 Praise the Lord!

For it is good to sing praises unto our God;

for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.

2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem;

He gathers together the outcasts of Israel.

3 He heals the broken in heart,

and binds up their wounds.

4 He counts the number of the stars;

He calls them all by their names.

5 Great is our Lord and great in power;

His understanding is without measure.

6 The Lord lifts up the meek;

He casts the wicked down to the ground.

7 Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving;

sing praise upon the harp unto our God:

8 who covers the heaven with clouds,

who provides rain for the earth,

who makes grass to grow upon the mountains.

9 He gives food to the animals

and to the young ravens that chirp.

10 He delights not in the strength of the horse,

nor does He take pleasure in the legs of a man,

11 but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,

in those who hope in His mercy.

12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem;

praise your God, O Zion.

13 For He has strengthened the bars of your gates;

He has blessed your children within you.

14 He makes peace in your borders,

and fills you with the finest of the wheat.

15 He sends forth His commandment on the earth;

His word goes out swiftly.

16 He gives snow like wool;

He scatters the frost like ashes;

17 He casts forth His ice like morsels;

who can stand before His cold?

18 He sends out His word and melts them;

He causes His wind to blow and the waters flow.

19 He shows His word to Jacob,

and His statutes and His judgments to Israel.

20 He has not dealt so with any other nation;

they have not known His judgments.

Praise the Lord!

1 Corinthians 15:1–28

1 Now, brothers, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which you have received, and in which you stand. 2 Through it you are saved, if you keep in memory what I preached to you, unless you have believed in vain.

3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: how Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 was buried, rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and was seen by Cephas, and then by the twelve. 6 Then He was seen by over five hundred brothers at once, of whom the greater part remain to this present time, though some have passed away. 7 Then He was seen by James and then by all the apostles. 8 Last of all, He was seen by me also, as by one born at the wrong time.

9 For I am the least of the apostles and am not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am. And His grace toward me was not in vain. I labored more abundantly than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 11 Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

12 Now if Christ is preached that He rose from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not risen. 14 If Christ has not risen, then our preaching is vain, and your faith is also vain. 15 Yes, and we would then be found false witnesses of God, because we have testified that God raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up, if in fact the dead do not rise. 16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ has not been raised. 17 If Christ is not raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins. 18 Then they also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

20 But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came by man, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward, those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end when He will deliver up the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He will reign until He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 For He “has put all things under His feet.” But when He says, “all things are put under Him,” it is revealed that He, who has put all things under Him, is the exception. 28 When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.