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ESV — Through the Bible in a Year: Day 239
239
Morning
Psalms 128-131

Evening
1 Corinthians 7:25-40

Blessed Is Everyone Who Fears the Lord

A Song of mAscents.

128  fBlessed is everyone who fears the Lord,

who gwalks in his ways!

You hshall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;

you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.

Your wife will be like ia fruitful vine

within your house;

your children will be like jolive shoots

around your table.

Behold, thus shall the man be blessed

who fears the Lord.

kThe Lord bless you lfrom Zion!

May you see mthe prosperity of Jerusalem

all the days of your life!

May you see your nchildren's children!

oPeace be upon Israel!

They Have Afflicted Me from My Youth

A Song of mAscents.

129  “Greatly1 have they pafflicted me qfrom my youth”—

rlet Israel now say—

“Greatly have they pafflicted me qfrom my youth,

syet they have not prevailed against me.

tThe plowers plowed uupon my back;

they made long their furrows.”

The Lord is righteous;

he has cut vthe cords of the wicked.

May all who hate Zion

be wput to shame and turned backward!

Let them be like xthe grass on the housetops,

which ywithers before it grows up,

with which the reaper does not fill his hand

nor the binder of sheaves his arms,

nor do those who pass by say,

a“The blessing of the Lord be upon you!

We bbless you in the name of the Lord!”

My Soul Waits for the Lord

A Song of mAscents.

130  Out of cthe depths I cry to you, O Lord!

O Lord, hear my voice!

dLet your ears be attentive

to ethe voice of my pleas for mercy!

If you, O Lord, should fmark iniquities,

O Lord, who could gstand?

But with you there is hforgiveness,

ithat you may be feared.

I jwait for the Lord, kmy soul waits,

and lin his word I hope;

my soul mwaits for the Lord

more than nwatchmen for othe morning,

more than watchmen for the morning.

O Israel, phope in the Lord!

For qwith the Lord there is steadfast love,

and with him is plentiful redemption.

And he will rredeem Israel

from all his iniquities.

I Have Calmed and Quieted My Soul

A Song of mAscents. Of David.

131  O Lord, my heart is not slifted up;

my eyes are not traised too high;

I do not uoccupy myself with things

too great and vtoo marvelous for me.

But I have calmed and quieted my soul,

like a weaned wchild with its mother;

like a weaned child is my soul within me.

xO Israel, hope in the Lord

from this time forth and forevermore.

Footnotes

[1] 129:1 Or Often; also verse 2


The Unmarried and the Widowed

25 Now concerning1 the betrothed,2 xI have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as yone who by the Lord's mercy is ztrustworthy. 26 I think that in view of the present3 distress ait is good for a person to remain as he is. 27 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife. 28 But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman4 marries, she has not sinned. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that. 29 This is what I mean, brothers: bthe appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, 30 and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy cas though they had no goods, 31 and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For dthe present form of this world is passing away.

32 I want you to be efree from anxieties. fThe unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. 33 But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, 34 and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. 35 I say this for your own benefit, gnot to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.

36 If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his betrothed,5 if his6 passions are strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes: let them marry—it is no sin. 37 But whoever is firmly established in his heart, being under no necessity but having his desire under control, and has determined this in his heart, to keep her as his betrothed, he will do well. 38 So then he who marries his betrothed hdoes well, and he who refrains from marriage will do even better.

39 iA wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only jin the Lord. 40 Yet kin my judgment she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think lthat I too have the Spirit of God.

Footnotes

[1] 7:25 The expression Now concerning introduces a reply to a question in the Corinthians' letter; see 7:1
[2] 7:25 Greek virgins
[3] 7:26 Or impending
[4] 7:28 Greek virgin; also verse 34
[5] 7:36 Greek virgin; also verses 37, 38
[6] 7:36 Or her