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this Temple to honor the name of the Lord, the
God of Israel. 11 There I have placed the Ark,
which contains the covenant that the Lord
made with the people of Israel.”
4:1a Or Huram-abi; Hebrew reads He.
4:1b Hebrew 20 cubits
[9.2 meters] long, 20 cubits wide, and 10 cubits [4.6 meters] high.
4:2 Hebrew 10 cubits [4.6 meters] across . . . 5 cubits [2.3 meters]
deep and 30 cubits [13.8 meters] in circumference.
20 oxen per meter; Hebrew reads 10 per cubit.
a handbreadth [8 centimeters]. 4:5b Hebrew 3,000 baths
[63 kiloliters]. 4:17 As in parallel text at 1 Kgs 7:46; Hebrew
5:3 Hebrew at the festival that is in the seventh
month. The Festival of Shelters began on the fifteenth day of
the seventh month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. This
day occurred in late September, October, or early November.
5:5 Hebrew the Tent of Meeting; i.e., the tent mentioned in 2 Sam
6:17 and 1 Chr 16:1. 5:9 As in some Hebrew manuscripts and
Greek version (see also 1 Kgs 8:8); Masor etic Text reads from the
5:10 Hebrew Horeb, another name for Sinai.
the commands to kill me. 12 But still, the law
itself is holy, and its commands are holy and
right and good.
13 But how can that be? Did the law, which is
good, cause my death? Of course not! Sin used
what was good to bring about my condemna
tion to death. So we can see how terrible sin
really is. It uses God’s good commands for its
own evil purposes.
7:1 Greek brothers; also in 7:4. 7:5 Greek When we were in the
7:7 Exod 20:17; Deut 5:21.
A prayer of David.
Now, dear brothers and sisters*—you who
are familiar with the law—don’t you know
that the law applies only while a person is liv
ing? 2 For example, when a woman marries,
the law binds her to her husband as long as he
is alive. But if he dies, the laws of marriage no
longer apply to her. 3 So while her husband is
alive, she would be committing adultery if she
married another man. But if her husband dies,
she is free from that law and does not commit
adultery when she remarries.
4 So, my dear brothers and sisters, this is the
point: You died to the power of the law when
you died with Christ. And now you are united
with the one who was raised from the dead.
As a result, we can produce a harvest of good
deeds for God. 5 When we were controlled by
our old nature,* sinful desires were at work
within us, and the law aroused these evil de
sires that produced a harvest of sinful deeds,
resulting in death. 6 But now we have been re
leased from the law, for we died to it and are
no longer captive to its power. Now we can
serve God, not in the old way of obeying the
letter of the law, but in the new way of living
in the Spirit.
7 Well then, am I suggesting that the law of
God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the
law that showed me my sin. I would never
have known that coveting is wrong if the law
had not said, “You must not covet.”* 8 But sin
used this command to arouse all kinds of cov
etous desires within me! If there were no law,
sin would not have that power. 9 At one time
I lived without understanding the law. But
when I learned the command not to covet, for
instance, the power of sin came to life, 10 and I
died. So I discovered that the law’s commands,
which were supposed to bring life, brought
spiritual death instead. 11 Sin took advantage
of those commands and deceived me; it used
O Lord, hear my plea for justice.
Listen to my cry for help.
Pay attention to my prayer,
for it comes from honest lips.
Declare me innocent,
for you see those who do right.
You have tested my thoughts and
examined my heart in the night.
You have scrutinized me and found
I am determined not to sin in what I say.
I have followed your commands,
which keep me from following cruel and
My steps have stayed on your path;
I have not wavered from following you.
I am praying to you because I know you
will answer, O God.
Bend down and listen as I pray.
Show me your unfailing love in wonderful
By your mighty power you rescue
those who seek refuge from their
Guard me as you would guard your own
Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
Protect me from wicked people who
from murderous enemies who
They are without pity.
Listen to their boasting!
They track me down and surround me,
watching for the chance to throw me
to the ground.
They are like hungry lions, eager to tear
like young lions hiding in ambush.
Arise, O Lord!
Stand against them, and bring them
to their knees!
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