Psalms 19, 21
The Law of the Lord Is Perfect
19 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
1    The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2    Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
3    There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
4    Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
       In them he has set a tent for the sun,
5        which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
6    Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7    The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
       the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
8    the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
       the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
9    the fear of the Lord is clean,
enduring forever;
       the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
10    More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
       sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
11    Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12    Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13    Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
       Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
14    Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. [1]
The King Rejoices in the Lord’s Strength
21 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
1    O Lord, in your strength the king rejoices,
and in your salvation how greatly he exults!
2    You have given him his heart’s desire
and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah
3    For you meet him with rich blessings;
you set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
4    He asked life of you; you gave it to him,
length of days forever and ever.
5    His glory is great through your salvation;
splendor and majesty you bestow on him.
6    For you make him most blessed forever;
you make him glad with the joy of your presence.
7    For the king trusts in the Lord,
and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.
8    Your hand will find out all your enemies;
your right hand will find out those who hate you.
9    You will make them as a blazing oven
when you appear.
       The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath,
and fire will consume them.
10    You will destroy their descendants from the earth,
and their offspring from among the children of man.
11    Though they plan evil against you,
though they devise mischief, they will not succeed.
12    For you will put them to flight;
you will aim at their faces with your bows.
13    Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength!
We will sing and praise your power. [2]
1 Chronicle 1-2
From Adam to Abraham
1  Adam, Seth, Enosh; 2 Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared; 3 Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech; 4 Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
5 The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. 6 The sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah. 7 The sons of Javan: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Rodanim.
8 The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put, and Canaan. 9 The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabta, Raamah, and Sabteca. The sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan. 10 Cush fathered Nimrod. He was the first on earth to be a mighty man.
11 Egypt fathered Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, 12 Pathrusim, Casluhim (from whom the Philistines came), and Caphtorim.
13 Canaan fathered Sidon his firstborn and Heth, 14 and the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, 15 the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites, 16 the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites.
17 The sons of Shem: Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram. And the sons of Aram: Uz, Hul, Gether, and Meshech. 18 Arpachshad fathered Shelah, and Shelah fathered Eber. 19 To Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg (for in his days the earth was divided), and his brother’s name was Joktan. 20 Joktan fathered Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, 21 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 22 Obal, Abimael, Sheba, 23 Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab; all these were the sons of Joktan.
24 Shem, Arpachshad, Shelah; 25 Eber, Peleg, Reu; 26 Serug, Nahor, Terah; 27 Abram, that is, Abraham.
From Abraham to Jacob
28 The sons of Abraham: Isaac and Ishmael. 29 These are their genealogies: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebaioth, and Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 30 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadad, Tema, 31 Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. These are the sons of Ishmael. 32 The sons of Keturah, Abraham’s concubine: she bore Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. The sons of Jokshan: Sheba and Dedan. 33 The sons of Midian: Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the descendants of Keturah.
34 Abraham fathered Isaac. The sons of Isaac: Esau and Israel. 35 The sons of Esau: Eliphaz, Reuel, Jeush, Jalam, and Korah. 36 The sons of Eliphaz: Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, Kenaz, and of Timna, Amalek. 37 The sons of Reuel: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah.
38 The sons of Seir: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan. 39 The sons of Lotan: Hori and Hemam; and Lotan’s sister was Timna. 40 The sons of Shobal: Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho, and Onam. The sons of Zibeon: Aiah and Anah. 41 The son of Anah: Dishon. The sons of Dishon: Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran, and Cheran. 42 The sons of Ezer: Bilhan, Zaavan, and Akan. The sons of Dishan: Uz and Aran.
43 These are the kings who reigned in the land of Edom before any king reigned over the people of Israel: Bela the son of Beor, the name of his city being Dinhabah. 44 Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his place. 45 Jobab died, and Husham of the land of the Temanites reigned in his place. 46 Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who defeated Midian in the country of Moab, reigned in his place, the name of his city being Avith. 47 Hadad died, and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his place. 48 Samlah died, and Shaul of Rehoboth on the Euphrates reigned in his place. 49 Shaul died, and Baal-hanan, the son of Achbor, reigned in his place. 50 Baal-hanan died, and Hadad reigned in his place, the name of his city being Pai; and his wife’s name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab. 51 And Hadad died.
The chiefs of Edom were: chiefs Timna, Alvah, Jetheth, 52 Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon, 53 Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar, 54 Magdiel, and Iram; these are the chiefs of Edom.
A Genealogy of David
2 These are the sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, 2 Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. 3 The sons of Judah: Er, Onan and Shelah; these three Bath-shua the Canaanite bore to him. Now Er, Judah’s firstborn, was evil in the sight of the Lord, and he put him to death. 4 His daughter-in-law Tamar also bore him Perez and Zerah. Judah had five sons in all.
5 The sons of Perez: Hezron and Hamul. 6 The sons of Zerah: Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol, and Dara, five in all. 7 The son of Carmi: Achan, the troubler of Israel, who broke faith in the matter of the devoted thing; 8 and Ethan’s son was Azariah.
9 The sons of Hezron that were born to him: Jerahmeel, Ram, and Chelubai. 10 Ram fathered Amminadab, and Amminadab fathered Nahshon, prince of the sons of Judah. 11 Nahshon fathered Salmon, Salmon fathered Boaz, 12 Boaz fathered Obed, Obed fathered Jesse. 13 Jesse fathered Eliab his firstborn, Abinadab the second, Shimea the third, 14 Nethanel the fourth, Raddai the fifth, 15 Ozem the sixth, David the seventh. 16 And their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail. The sons of Zeruiah: Abishai, Joab, and Asahel, three. 17 Abigail bore Amasa, and the father of Amasa was Jether the Ishmaelite.
18 Caleb the son of Hezron fathered children by his wife Azubah, and by Jerioth; and these were her sons: Jesher, Shobab, and Ardon. 19 When Azubah died, Caleb married Ephrath, who bore him Hur. 20 Hur fathered Uri, and Uri fathered Bezalel.
21 Afterward Hezron went in to the daughter of Machir the father of Gilead, whom he married when he was sixty years old, and she bore him Segub. 22 And Segub fathered Jair, who had twenty-three cities in the land of Gilead. 23 But Geshur and Aram took from them Havvoth-jair, Kenath, and its villages, sixty towns. All these were descendants of Machir, the father of Gilead. 24 After the death of Hezron, Caleb went in to Ephrathah, the wife of Hezron his father, and she bore him Ashhur, the father of Tekoa.
25 The sons of Jerahmeel, the firstborn of Hezron: Ram, his firstborn, Bunah, Oren, Ozem, and Ahijah. 26 Jerahmeel also had another wife, whose name was Atarah; she was the mother of Onam. 27 The sons of Ram, the firstborn of Jerahmeel: Maaz, Jamin, and Eker. 28 The sons of Onam: Shammai and Jada. The sons of Shammai: Nadab and Abishur. 29 The name of Abishur’s wife was Abihail, and she bore him Ahban and Molid. 30 The sons of Nadab: Seled and Appaim; and Seled died childless. 31 The son of Appaim: Ishi. The son of Ishi: Sheshan. The son of Sheshan: Ahlai. 32 The sons of Jada, Shammai’s brother: Jether and Jonathan; and Jether died childless. 33 The sons of Jonathan: Peleth and Zaza. These were the descendants of Jerahmeel. 34 Now Sheshan had no sons, only daughters, but Sheshan had an Egyptian slave whose name was Jarha. 35 So Sheshan gave his daughter in marriage to Jarha his slave, and she bore him Attai. 36 Attai fathered Nathan, and Nathan fathered Zabad. 37 Zabad fathered Ephlal, and Ephlal fathered Obed. 38 Obed fathered Jehu, and Jehu fathered Azariah. 39 Azariah fathered Helez, and Helez fathered Eleasah. 40 Eleasah fathered Sismai, and Sismai fathered Shallum. 41 Shallum fathered Jekamiah, and Jekamiah fathered Elishama.
42 The sons of Caleb the brother of Jerahmeel: Mareshah his firstborn, who fathered Ziph. The son of Mareshah: Hebron. 43 The sons of Hebron: Korah, Tappuah, Rekem and Shema. 44 Shema fathered Raham, the father of Jorkeam; and Rekem fathered Shammai. 45 The son of Shammai: Maon; and Maon fathered Beth-zur. 46 Ephah also, Caleb’s concubine, bore Haran, Moza, and Gazez; and Haran fathered Gazez. 47 The sons of Jahdai: Regem, Jotham, Geshan, Pelet, Ephah, and Shaaph. 48 Maacah, Caleb’s concubine, bore Sheber and Tirhanah. 49 She also bore Shaaph the father of Madmannah, Sheva the father of Machbenah and the father of Gibea; and the daughter of Caleb was Achsah. 50 These were the descendants of Caleb.
The sons of Hur the firstborn of Ephrathah: Shobal the father of Kiriath-jearim, 51 Salma, the father of Bethlehem, and Hareph the father of Beth-gader. 52 Shobal the father of Kiriath-jearim had other sons: Haroeh, half of the Menuhoth. 53 And the clans of Kiriath-jearim: the Ithrites, the Puthites, the Shumathites, and the Mishraites; from these came the Zorathites and the Eshtaolites. 54 The sons of Salma: Bethlehem, the Netophathites, Atroth-beth-joab and half of the Manahathites, the Zorites. 55 The clans also of the scribes who lived at Jabez: the Tirathites, the Shimeathites and the Sucathites. These are the Kenites who came from Hammath, the father of the house of Rechab. [3]
Psalms 43-45, 49
Send Out Your Light and Your Truth
43 Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
against an ungodly people,
       from the deceitful and unjust man
deliver me!
2    For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
why have you rejected me?
       Why do I go about mourning
because of the oppression of the enemy?
3    Send out your light and your truth;
let them lead me;
       let them bring me to your holy hill
and to your dwelling!
4    Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God my exceeding joy,
       and I will praise you with the lyre,
O God, my God.
5    Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
       Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.
Come to Our Help
44 To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah.
1    O God, we have heard with our ears,
our fathers have told us,
       what deeds you performed in their days,
in the days of old:
2    you with your own hand drove out the nations,
but them you planted;
       you afflicted the peoples,
but them you set free;
3    for not by their own sword did they win the land,
nor did their own arm save them,
       but your right hand and your arm,
and the light of your face,
for you delighted in them.
4    You are my King, O God;
ordain salvation for Jacob!
5    Through you we push down our foes;
through your name we tread down those who rise up against us.
6    For not in my bow do I trust,
nor can my sword save me.
7    But you have saved us from our foes
and have put to shame those who hate us.
8    In God we have boasted continually,
and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah
9    But you have rejected us and disgraced us
and have not gone out with our armies.
10    You have made us turn back from the foe,
and those who hate us have gotten spoil.
11    You have made us like sheep for slaughter
and have scattered us among the nations.
12    You have sold your people for a trifle,
demanding no high price for them.
13    You have made us the taunt of our neighbors,
the derision and scorn of those around us.
14    You have made us a byword among the nations,
a laughingstock among the peoples.
15    All day long my disgrace is before me,
and shame has covered my face
16    at the sound of the taunter and reviler,
at the sight of the enemy and the avenger.
17    All this has come upon us,
though we have not forgotten you,
and we have not been false to your covenant.
18    Our heart has not turned back,
nor have our steps departed from your way;
19    yet you have broken us in the place of jackals
and covered us with the shadow of death.
20    If we had forgotten the name of our God
or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
21    would not God discover this?
For he knows the secrets of the heart.
22    Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.
23    Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord?
Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever!
24    Why do you hide your face?
Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
25    For our soul is bowed down to the dust;
our belly clings to the ground.
26    Rise up; come to our help!
Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!
Your Throne, O God, Is Forever
45 To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah; a love song.
1    My heart overflows with a pleasing theme;
I address my verses to the king;
my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.
2    You are the most handsome of the sons of men;
grace is poured upon your lips;
therefore God has blessed you forever.
3    Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one,
in your splendor and majesty!
4    In your majesty ride out victoriously
for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
let your right hand teach you awesome deeds!
5    Your arrows are sharp
in the heart of the king’s enemies;
the peoples fall under you.
6    Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.
The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness;
7        you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.
       Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;
8        your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.
       From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;
9        daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor;
at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.
10    Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear:
forget your people and your father’s house,
11        and the king will desire your beauty.
       Since he is your lord, bow to him.
12        The people of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts,
the richest of the people.
13    All glorious is the princess in her chamber, with robes interwoven with gold.
14        In many-colored robes she is led to the king,
with her virgin companions following behind her.
15    With joy and gladness they are led along
as they enter the palace of the king.
16    In place of your fathers shall be your sons;
you will make them princes in all the earth.
17    I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations;
therefore nations will praise you forever and ever. [4]
Why Should I Fear in Times of Trouble?
49 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
1    Hear this, all peoples!
Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
2    both low and high,
rich and poor together!
3    My mouth shall speak wisdom;
the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
4    I will incline my ear to a proverb;
I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.
5    Why should I fear in times of trouble,
when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,
6    those who trust in their wealth
and boast of the abundance of their riches?
7    Truly no man can ransom another,
or give to God the price of his life,
8    for the ransom of their life is costly
and can never suffice,
9    that he should live on forever
and never see the pit.
10    For he sees that even the wise die;
the fool and the stupid alike must perish
and leave their wealth to others.
11    Their graves are their homes forever,
their dwelling places to all generations,
though they called lands by their own names.
12    Man in his pomp will not remain;
he is like the beasts that perish.
13    This is the path of those who have foolish confidence;
yet after them people approve of their boasts. Selah
14    Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol;
death shall be their shepherd,
       and the upright shall rule over them in the morning.
Their form shall be consumed in Sheol, with no place to dwell.
15    But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol,
for he will receive me. Selah
16    Be not afraid when a man becomes rich,
when the glory of his house increases.
17    For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
his glory will not go down after him.
18    For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed
—and though you get praise when you do well for yourself—
19    his soul will go to the generation of his fathers,
who will never again see light.
20    Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish. [5]

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ps 19:title–14.
[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ps 21:title–13.
[3] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), 1 Ch 1:1–2:55.
[4] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ps 43:1–45:17.
[5] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ps 49:title–20.

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