Psalms 148–150

1 Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens;

praise Him in the heights.

2 Praise Him, all His angels;

praise Him, all His heavenly hosts.

3 Praise Him, sun and moon;

praise Him, all you stars of light.

4 Praise Him, you highest of heavens,

and you waters that are above the skies.

5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,

for He commanded, and they were created.

6 He has also established them forever and ever;

He has made a decree that shall not pass away.

7 Praise the Lord from the earth,

you great sea creatures, and all you depths,

8 fire and hail, snow and mist,

storming wind fulfilling His word,

9 mountains and all hills,

fruitful trees and all cedars;

10 animals and all cattle,

creeping things and flying birds;

11 kings of the earth and all peoples,

princes and all rulers of the earth;

12 both young men and maidens,

old men and children.

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,

for His name alone is excellent;

His glory is above the earth and heaven.

14 He has raised up a victory horn for His people,

praise for all His saints,

even for the people of Israel near Him.

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 149

1 Praise the Lord!

Sing unto the Lord a new song,

and His praise in the assembly of the godly ones.

2 Let Israel rejoice in its Maker;

let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

3 Let them praise His name with dancing;

let them sing praises unto Him with the tambourine and harp.

4 For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;

He will beautify the meek with salvation.

5 Let the godly ones be joyful in glory;

let them sing for joy on their beds.

6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouths,

and two-edged

swords in their hands,

7 to execute vengeance on the nations,

and punishments on the peoples;

8 to bind their kings with chains,

and their nobles with shackles of iron;

9 to execute upon them the written judgment;

this is honor for all His godly ones.

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150

1 Praise the Lord!

Praise God in His sanctuary;

praise Him in the firmament of His power!

2 Praise Him for His mighty acts;

praise Him according to His excellent greatness!

3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;

praise Him with the lyre and harp!

4 Praise Him with the tambourine and dancing;

praise Him with stringed instruments

and flute!

5 Praise Him with loud cymbals;

praise Him with the clanging cymbals!

6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord!

1 Corinthians 15:29–58

29 Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead? 30 And why do we stand in danger every hour? 31 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32 If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me if the dead do not rise?

“Let us eat and drink,

for tomorrow we die.”

33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 34 Awake to righteousness and do not sin, for some do not have the knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

35 But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? With what body do they come?” 36 You fool! What you sow is not made alive unless it dies. 37 When you sow, you do not sow the body that shall be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. 38 Then God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh. There is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fish, and another of birds. 40 There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies. The glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars. One star differs from another star in glory.

42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 So it is written, “The first man Adam was made a living soul.” The last Adam was made a life-giving spirit. 46 However, that which is spiritual is not first, but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second man was the Lord from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so are those who are of dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven. 49 As we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.

50 Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, for the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible will put on incorruption, and this mortal will put on immortality. 54 When this corruptible will have put on incorruption, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then the saying that is written shall come to pass: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

55 “O death, where is your sting?

O grave, where is your victory?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.