The Song of Moses1Then Moses and the people of Israel a sang this song to the Lord, saying, b “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
the horse and his rider ▼
▼Or its chariot; also verse 21he has thrown into the sea.
2 d The Lord is my strength and my e song,
and he has become f my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
g my father’s God, and h I will exalt him.
3The Lord is i a man of war;
j the Lord is his name.
4 k “Pharaoh’s chariots and his host he cast into the sea,
and his chosen l officers were sunk in the Red Sea.
5The m floods covered them;
they n went down into the depths like a stone.
6 o Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power,
your right hand, O Lord p shatters the enemy.
7In the q greatness of your majesty you overthrow your adversaries;
you send out your fury; it r consumes them like stubble.
8At the s blast of your nostrils the waters piled up;
the t floods stood up in a heap;
the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea.
9The enemy said u ‘I will pursue, I will overtake,
I v will divide the spoil, my desire shall have its fill of them.
I will draw my sword; my hand shall destroy them.’
10You w blew with your wind; the x sea covered them;
they sank like lead in the mighty waters.
11 y “Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods?
Who is like you, majestic in holiness,
awesome in z glorious deeds, aa doing wonders?
12You stretched out ab your right hand;
the earth swallowed them.
13 “You have ac led in your steadfast love the people whom ad you have redeemed;
you have ae guided them by your strength to your holy abode.
14 af The peoples have heard; they tremble;
pangs have seized the inhabitants of Philistia.
15Now are the chiefs of Edom ag dismayed;
trembling seizes the leaders of ah Moab;
ai all the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away.
16Terror and aj dread fall upon them;
because of the greatness of your arm, they are still ak as a stone,
till your people, O Lord, pass by,
till the people pass by whom al you have purchased.
17You will bring them in and am plant them on your own mountain,
the place, O Lord, which you have made for your abode,
an the sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands have established.
18 ao The Lord will reign forever and ever.”
19For when ap the horses of Pharaoh with his chariots and his horsemen went into the sea, aq the Lord brought back the waters of the sea upon them, but the people of Israel walked on dry ground in the midst of the sea. 20Then ar Miriam as the prophetess, the at sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and au all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing. 21And Miriam sang to them: av “Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.”
The Song of Deborah and Barak1 aw Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day: 2 “That the leaders took the lead in Israel,
that ax the people offered themselves willingly,
bless the Lord!
3 “Hear, O kings; give ear, O princes;
to the Lord I will sing;
I will make melody to the Lord, the God of Israel.
4 “ Lord, ay when you went out from Seir,
when you marched from the region of Edom,
az the earth trembled
and the heavens dropped,
yes, the clouds dropped water.
5The mountains ba quaked before the Lord,
bb even Sinai before the Lord, the God of Israel.
6 “In the days of bc Shamgar, son of Anath,
in the days of bd Jael, be the highways were abandoned,
and travelers kept to the byways.
7The villagers ceased in Israel;
they ceased to be until I arose;
I, Deborah, arose as a mother in Israel.
8 bf When new gods were chosen,
then war was in the gates.
bg Was shield or spear to be seen
among forty thousand in Israel?
9My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel
who bh offered themselves willingly among the people.
Bless the Lord.
10 “Tell of it, bi you who ride on white donkeys,
you who sit on rich carpets ▼
▼The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain; it may connote saddle blankets
and you who walk by the way.
11To the sound of musicians ▼
▼Or archers; the meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertainat the watering places,
there they repeat the righteous triumphs of the Lord,
the righteous triumphs of his villagers in Israel.
“Then down to the gates marched the people of the Lord.
12 bl “Awake, awake, Deborah!
Awake, awake, break out in a song!
Arise, Barak, bm lead away your captives,
O son of Abinoam.
13Then down marched the remnant of the noble;
the people of the Lord marched down for me against the mighty.
14From bn Ephraim their root bo they marched down into the valley ▼
▼Septuagint; Hebrew in Amalek
following you, Benjamin, with your kinsmen;
from bq Machir marched down the commanders,
and from Zebulun those who bear the lieutenant’s ▼
15the princes of Issachar came with Deborah,
and Issachar faithful to bs Barak;
into the valley they rushed at his heels.
Among the clans of Reuben
there were great searchings of heart.
16Why did you sit still bt among the sheepfolds,
to hear the whistling for the flocks?
Among the clans of Reuben
there were great searchings of heart.
17 bu Gilead stayed beyond the Jordan;
bv and Dan, why did he stay with the ships?
bw Asher sat still bx at the coast of the sea,
staying by his landings.
18 by Zebulun is a people who risked their lives to the death;
bz Naphtali, too, on the heights of the field.
19 “The kings came, they fought;
then fought the kings of Canaan,
at ca Taanach, by the waters of cb Megiddo;
cc they got no spoils of silver.
20 cd From heaven the stars fought,
from their courses they fought against Sisera.
21 ce The torrent Kishon swept them away,
the ancient torrent, the torrent Kishon.
March on, my soul, with might!
22 “Then loud beat the horses’ hoofs
with the galloping, galloping of his steeds.
23 “Curse Meroz, says the angel of the Lord,
curse its inhabitants thoroughly,
cf because they did not come to the help of the Lord,
to the help of the Lord against the mighty.
24 “Most blessed of women be cg Jael,
the wife of Heber the Kenite,
of tent-dwelling women most blessed.
25 ch He asked for water and she gave him milk;
she brought him curds in a noble’s bowl.
26 ci She sent her hand to the tent peg
and her right hand to the workmen’s mallet;
she struck Sisera;
she crushed his head;
she shattered and pierced his temple.
27Between her feet
he sank, he fell, he lay still;
between her feet
he sank, he fell;
where he sank,
there he fell—dead.
28 cj “Out of the window she peered,
the mother of Sisera wailed through ck the lattice:
‘Why is his chariot so long in coming?
Why tarry the hoofbeats of his chariots?’
29Her wisest princesses answer,
indeed, she answers herself,
30‘Have they not found and cl divided the spoil?—
A womb or two for every man;
spoil of dyed materials for Sisera,
spoil of dyed materials embroidered,
two pieces of dyed work embroidered for the neck as spoil?’
31 cm “So may all your enemies perish, O Lord!
But your friends be cn like the sun co as he rises in his might.”
cp And the land had rest for forty years.
1 Samuel 2:1-10
Hannah’s Prayer1And Hannah prayed and said, cq “My heart exults in the Lord;
cr my horn is exalted in the Lord.
My mouth derides my enemies,
because cs I rejoice in your salvation.
2 ct “There is none holy like the Lord:
for there is none besides you;
there is cu no rock like our God.
3Talk no more so very proudly,
let not arrogance come from your mouth;
for the Lord is a God of knowledge,
and by him actions are weighed.
4 cv The bows of the mighty are broken,
but the feeble bind on strength.
5Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger.
cw The barren has borne seven,
cx but she who has many children is forlorn.
6 cy The Lord kills and brings to life;
he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
7 cz The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
da he brings low and he exalts.
8 db He raises up the poor from the dust;
he lifts the needy from the ash heap
dc to make them sit with princes
and inherit a seat of honor.
dd For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
and on them he has set the world.
9 de “He will guard the feet of his faithful ones,
but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness,
for not by might shall a man prevail.
10 df The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces;
dg against them he will thunder in heaven.
dh The Lord will judge the ends of the earth;
he will give strength to his king
di and exalt the horn of his anointed.”
The Lord Is My Rock and My Fortress
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, dj the servant of the Lord, dk who addressed the words of this dl song to the Lord on the day when the Lord rescued him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said:1 I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord Is My Strength and My Song1 You ▼
▼The Hebrew for you is singular in verse 1will say dn in that day:
“I will give thanks to you, O Lord,
for though you were angry with me,
do your anger turned away,
that you might comfort me.
2 “Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for dp the Lord God ▼
▼Hebrew for Yah, the Lordis my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.”
3 dr With joy you ▼
▼The Hebrew for you is plural in verses 3, 4will draw water from the wells of salvation. 4 dt And you will say in that day: du “Give thanks to the Lord,
call upon his name,
dv make known his deeds among the peoples,
proclaim dw that his name is exalted.
5 dx “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;
let this be made known ▼
▼Or this is made knownin all the earth.
6Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
for great dz in your ▼
▼The Hebrew for your in verse 6 is singular, referring to the inhabitant of Zionmidst is eb the Holy One of Israel.”
This pastoral letter from Paul to Titus was intended to offer encouragement and wisdom as Titus endured ongoing opposition from the ungodly and from legalists within his congregations. Paul instructed Titus to complete his assigned job of establishing overseers (elders) for the churches under his care. He described what sort of people these leaders should be, and how all believers should live in relation to each other as well as in their interactions with nonbelievers. Proper Christian behavior is based on the fact that “the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,” and therefore those who believe in Christ are to “live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives” as they await his return (2:11-13). Paul probably wrote this letter in the 60s a.d.
Greeting1Paul, a servant ▼
▼Or slave (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)of God and ed an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and ee their knowledge of the truth ef which accords with godliness, 2 eg in hope of eternal life, which God eh who never lies ei promised ej before the ages began ▼
▼Greek before times eternal3and el at the proper time manifested in his word em through the preaching en with which I have been entrusted eo by the command of God our Savior; 4To Titus, ep my true child in eq a common faith: er Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
Qualifications for Elders5 es This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and et appoint elders in every town as I directed you— 6 eu if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife ▼
▼Or a man of one womanand his children are believers ▼
▼Or are faithfuland not open to the charge of ex debauchery or insubordination. 7For an overseer ▼
▼Or bishop; Greek episkoposez as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not fa be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent fb or greedy for gain, 8but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy fc and disciplined. 9He must fd hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in fe sound ▼
▼Or healthy; also verse 13doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. 10For there are many who are insubordinate fg empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of fh the circumcision party. ▼
▼Or especially those of the circumcision11They must be silenced, since fj they are upsetting whole families by teaching fk for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12 fl One of the Cretans ▼
▼Greek One of thema prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” ▼
▼Probably from Epimenides of Crete13This testimony is true. Therefore fo rebuke them fp sharply, that they fq may be sound in the faith, 14 fr not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and fs the commands of people ft who turn away from the truth. 15 fu To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and fv unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both fw their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16 fx They profess to know God, but they fy deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient fz unfit for any good work.
Teach Sound Doctrine1But as for you, teach what accords with ga sound ▼
▼Or healthy; also verses 2, 8doctrine. 2Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled gc sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3 gd Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior ge not slanderers gf or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5to be self-controlled, gg pure, gh working at home, kind, and gi submissive to their own husbands, gj that the word of God may not be reviled. 6Likewise, urge gk the younger men to be self-controlled. 7Show yourself in all respects to be gl a model of good works, and in your teaching gm show integrity gn dignity, 8and go sound speech that cannot be condemned, gp so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. 9 gq Bondservants ▼
▼Or Slaves (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)are to be submissive to their own masters gs in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, 10not pilfering gt but showing all good faith gu so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior. 11For gv the grace of God gw has appeared, bringing salvation gx for all people, 12training us to renounce ungodliness and gy worldly passions, and gz to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in ha the present age, 13 hb waiting for our blessed hc hope, the hd appearing of the glory of our great he God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 hf who gave himself for us to hg redeem us from all lawlessness and hh to purify for himself hi a people for his own possession who are hj zealous for good works. 15Declare these things; exhort and hk rebuke with all authority. hl Let no one disregard you.
Be Ready for Every Good Work1Remind them hm to be submissive to rulers and authorities hn to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 ho to speak evil of no one hp to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and hq to show perfect courtesy toward all people. 3For hr we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4But when hs the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5he saved us, ht not because of works done by us in righteousness, but hu according to his own mercy, by hv the washing of regeneration and hw renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6whom he hx poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that hy being justified by his grace we might become hz heirs ia according to the hope of eternal life. 8The saying is ib trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful ic to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. 9But id avoid foolish ie controversies if genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for ig they are unprofitable and worthless. 10As for a person who stirs up division, ih after warning him once and then twice, ii have nothing more to do with him, 11knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
Final Instructions and Greetings12When I send Artemas or ij Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me ik at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. 13Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and il Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. 14And let our people learn im to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not in be unfruitful. 15All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. io Grace be with you all.
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