Psa 18
 
gc[See ver. 1 above]

Exodus 15:1-21

The Song of Moses

1Then 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 21
he 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.”

Judges 5

The Song of Deborah and Barak

1 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 uncertain
at 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
Hebrew commander’s
staff;
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 horseshoofs
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 felldead.
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 Prayer

1And 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.”

Psalms 18:1

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.

Isaiah 12

The  Lord Is My Strength and My Song

1 You
The Hebrew for  you is singular in verse 1
will 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  Lord
is 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, 4
will 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 known
in 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 Zion
midst 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.

Titus 1

Greeting

1Paul, 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 eternal
3and 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 Elders

5 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 woman
and his children are believers
Or  are faithful
and not open to the charge of ex  debauchery or insubordination.
7For an overseer
Or bishop; Greek episkopos
ez  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 13
doctrine 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 circumcision
11They 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 them
a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”
Probably from Epimenides of Crete
13This 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.

Titus 2

Teach Sound Doctrine

1But as for you, teach what accords with ga  sound
Or healthy; also verses 2, 8
doctrine.
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.

Titus 3

Be Ready for Every Good Work

1Remind 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 Greetings

12When 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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