One Year Bible Reflections - Flipbook - Page 21
with your adversary, settle your differences quickly. Otherwise, your accuser
may hand you over to the judge, who
will hand you over to an officer, and you
will be thrown into prison. 26And if that
happens, you surely won’t be free again
until you have paid the last penny.*”
5:3 Greek poor in spirit. 5:6 Or for righteousness.
5:21 Exod 20:13; Deut 5:17. 5:22a Some manuscripts
add without cause. 5:22b Greek uses an Aramaic term of
contempt: If you say to your brother, ‘Raca.’ 5:22c Greek if
you say, ‘You fool.’ 5:22d Greek Gehenna; also in 5:29, 30.
5:23 Greek gift; also in 5:24. 5:26 Greek the last kodrantes
For the choir director: A psalm of David,
to be accompanied by the flute.
O Lord, hear me as I pray;
pay attention to my groaning.
2 Listen to my cry for help, my King
and my God,
for I pray to no one but you.
3 Listen to my voice in the morning,
Each morning I bring my
requests to you and wait
O God, you take no pleasure in
you cannot tolerate the sins
of the wicked.
5 Therefore, the proud may not stand
in your presence,
for you hate all who do evil.
6 You will destroy those who tell lies.
The Lord detests murderers and
Because of your unfailing love, I can
enter your house;
I will worship at your Temple with
8 Lead me in the right path, O Lord,
or my enemies will conquer me.
Make your way plain for me to
Their tongues are filled with
10 O God, declare them guilty.
Let them be caught in their
Drive them away because of their
for they have rebelled against you.
But let all who take refuge in you
let them sing joyful praises
Spread your protection over them,
that all who love your name may
be filled with joy.
12 For you bless the godly, O Lord;
you surround them with your
shield of love.
5:9 Greek version reads with lies. Compare Rom 3:13.
“I [Wisdom] called you so often, but you
wouldn’t come. I reached out to you, but
you paid no attention. You ignored my
advice and rejected the correction I offered. So I will laugh when you are in
trouble! I will mock you when disaster
overtakes you—when calamity overtakes
you like a storm, when disaster engulfs
you like a cyclone, and anguish and distress overwhelm you. “When they cry
for help, I will not answer. Though they
anxiously search for me, they will not
My enemies cannot speak a truthful
Their deepest desire is to destroy
Their talk is foul, like the stench
from an open grave.
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Lot, who was traveling with Abram, had
also become very wealthy with flocks of
sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and
many tents. 6But the land could not support both Abram and Lot with all their
flocks and herds living so close together.
7 So disputes broke out between the