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26 ,There is none like the God of Jeshurun:
he rides the heavens to your rescue,
27 rides the clouds in his majesty.
The God of old, he is your refuge.
Here below, he is the age–old arm
driving the enemy before you;
28 It is he who cries, “Destroy!“
Israel rests in safety.
The well spring of Jakob is chosen out
for a land of corn and wine;
29 There heaven itself rains down dew.
Happy are you, O Israel!
Who is like you, a victorious people?
In the LORD is the shield that protects you
and the marching sword leading to your triumph.
Your enemies will try to corrupt you,
but you yourself shall trample on your backs.‘
Psalm 49 (50 H)
Psalm of Asaph
1 The God of gods, the Lord,
has spoken and summoned the earth,
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
2 Out of Sion‘s perfect beauty he shines.
3 (Our God comes, he keeps silence no longer.)
Before him fire devours,
around him tempest rages.
4 He calls on the heavens and the earth
to witness the judgement of his people.
5 “Summon before me my people
who made covenant with me with sacrifice.“
6 The heavens proclaim his justice,
for He, God, is the judge.
7 “Listen, my people, I will speak;
Israel, I will testify against you,
for I am God, your God."
15 Next, I will remind you of the works of the Lord,
and tell of what I have seen.
By the words of the Lord his works came into being
and all creation obeys his will.
16 As the sun in shining looks on all things,
so the work of the Lord is full of is glory.
17 The Lord has not granted to the holy ones
to tell of all his marvels
which the Almighty Lord has solidly constructed
for the universe to stand firm in his glory.
18 He has fathomed the deep and the heart
and seen into their devious ways;
for the Most High knows all the knowledge there is,
and has observed the signs of the times.
19 He declares what is past and what will be,
and uncovers the traces of hidden things.
20 Not a thought escaped him,
not a single word is hidden from him.
21 He has imposed an order on the magnificent works of his wisdom,
he is from everlasting to everlasting,
nothing can be added to him, nothing taken away,
he needs no one‘s advice.
1 After Jesus had been born at Bethlehem in Judaea during the reign of King Herod, some wise men came to Jerusalem from the east. 2 ‚Where is the infant king of the Jews?‘ they asked. ‚We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage.‘ 3 When King Herod heard this he was perturbed, and so was the whole of Jerusalem. 4 He called together all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, and inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 ‘At Bethlehem in Judaea,‘ they told him ‘for this is what the prophets wrote:
6 And you, Bethlehem in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the leaders of Judah,
for out of you will come a leader
who will shepherd my people Israel.‘
7 So Jesus spoke to them again:
`I tell you most solemnly,
I am the gate of the sheepfold.
8 All others who have come
are thieves and brigands;
but the sheep took no notice of them.
9 I am the gate.
Anyone who enters through me will be safe:
he will go freely in and out
and be sure of finding pasture.
10 The thief comes
only to steal and kill and destroy.
I have come
so that they may have life
and have it to the full.
11 I am the good shepherd:
the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep.
1 At various times in the past and in various different ways, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets; but 2 in our own time, the last days, he has spoken to us through his Son that he has appointed to inherit everything and through whom he made everything there is. 3 He is the radiant light of God‘s glory and the perfect copy of his nature, sustaining the universe by his powerful command; 4 and now that he has destroyed the defilements of sin, he has gone to take his place in heaven at the right hand of divine Majesty. 5 So he is now as far above the angels as the title which he has inherited is higher than their own name.