and the congregation shall deliver the manslayer out of the hand of the avenger of blood, and the congregation shall restore him to his city of refuge, where he was fled: and he shall dwell therein until the death of the high priest, who was anointed with the holy oil.
"'Whoever kills any person, the murderer shall be slain at the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person that he die.
All the men of your alliance have brought you on your way, even to the border. The men who were at peace with you have deceived you, and prevailed against you. Friends who eat your bread lay a snare under you. There is no understanding in him."
whom I desired to keep with me, that on your behalf he might serve me in my chains for the Good News.
But I was willing to do nothing without your consent, that your goodness would not be as of necessity, but of free will.
I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it (not to mention to you that you owe to me even your own self besides).
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
Paul and Timothy, servants of Jesus Christ; To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and servants:
always in every request of mine on behalf of you all making my requests with joy,
It is even right for me to think this way on behalf of all of you, because I have you in my heart, because, both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the Good News, you all are partakers with me of grace.
For God is my witness, how I long after all of you in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus.
so that you may approve the things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense to the day of Christ;
being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
and that most of the brothers in the Lord, being confident through my bonds, are more abundantly bold to speak the word of God without fear.
according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will in no way be disappointed, but with all boldness, as always, now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life, or by death.
But I am in a dilemma between the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
Having this confidence, I know that I will remain, yes, and remain with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith,
that your rejoicing may abound in Christ Jesus in me through my presence with you again.
Only let your way of life be worthy of the Good News of Christ, that, whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your state, that you stand firm in one spirit, with one soul striving for the faith of the Good News;
who, existing in the form of God, didn't consider equality with God a thing to be grasped,
So then, my beloved, even as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Do all things without murmurings and disputes,
that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you are seen as lights in the world,
Yes, and if I am poured out on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice, and rejoice with you all.
In the same way, you also rejoice, and rejoice with me.
But you know the proof of him, that, as a child serves a father, so he served with me in furtherance of the Good News.
Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it will go with me.
Receive him therefore in the Lord with all joy, and hold such in honor,
Yes, I beg you also, true yokefellow, help these women, for they labored with me in the Good News, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
The things which you learned, received, heard, and saw in me: do these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
You yourselves also know, you Philippians, that in the beginning of the Good News, when I departed from Macedonia, no assembly shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you only.
Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
If they say, "Come with us, Let's lay in wait for blood; let's lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;
We'll find all valuable wealth. We'll fill our houses with spoil.
My son, don't walk in the way with them. Keep your foot from their path,
Therefore they will eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own schemes.
But whoever listens to me will dwell securely, and will be at ease, without fear of harm."
My son, if you will receive my words, and store up my commandments within you;
To deliver you from the strange woman, even from the foreigner who flatters with her words;
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and don't lean on your own understanding.
Honor the LORD with your substance, with the first fruits of all your increase:
so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.
Don't withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it.
Don't strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm.
For the perverse is an abomination to the LORD, but his friendship is with the upright.
Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it is the wellspring of life.
Let them be for yourself alone, not for strangers with you.
A loving doe and a graceful deer-- let her breasts satisfy you at all times. Be captivated always with her love.
For why should you, my son, be captivated with an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another?
You are trapped by the words of your mouth. You are ensnared with the words of your mouth.
Do this now, my son, and deliver yourself, since you have come into the hand of your neighbor. Go, humble yourself. Press your plea with your neighbor.
A worthless person, a man of iniquity, is he who walks with a perverse mouth;
who winks with his eyes, who signals with his feet, who motions with his fingers;
Therefore his calamity will come suddenly. He will be broken suddenly, and that without remedy.
a false witness who utters lies, and he who sows discord among brothers.
When you walk, it will lead you. When you sleep, it will watch over you. When you awake, it will talk with you.
Don't lust after her beauty in your heart, neither let her captivate you with her eyelids.
He who commits adultery with a woman is void of understanding. He who does it destroys his own soul.
My son, keep my words. Lay up my commandments within you.
that they may keep you from the strange woman, from the foreigner who flatters with her words.
Behold, there a woman met him with the attire of a prostitute, and with crafty intent.
So she caught him, and kissed him. With an impudent face she said to him:
"Sacrifices of peace offerings are with me. This day I have paid my vows.
I have spread my couch with carpets of tapestry, with striped cloths of the yarn of Egypt.
I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
Come, let's take our fill of loving until the morning. Let's solace ourselves with loving.
He has taken a bag of money with him. He will come home at the full moon."
With persuasive words, she led him astray. With the flattering of her lips, she seduced him.
With me are riches, honor, enduring wealth, and prosperity.
When there were no depths, I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.
Rejoicing in his whole world. My delight was with the sons of men.
He becomes poor who works with a lazy hand, but the hand of the diligent brings wealth.
One winking with the eye causes sorrow, but a chattering fool will fall.
When pride comes, then comes shame, but with humility comes wisdom.
With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor, but the righteous will be delivered through knowledge.
When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices. When the wicked perish, there is shouting.
There is one who scatters, and increases yet more. There is one who withholds more than is appropriate, but gains poverty.
People curse someone who withholds grain, but blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.
A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth. The work of a man's hands shall be rewarded to him.
He who is truthful testifies honestly, but a false witness lies.
No mischief shall happen to the righteous, but the wicked shall be filled with evil.
Pride only breeds quarrels, but with ones who take advice is wisdom.
One who walks with wise men grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.
Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.
A truthful witness will not lie, but a false witness pours out lies.
The heart knows its own bitterness and joy; he will not share these with a stranger.
The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
The crown of the wise is their riches, but the folly of fools crowns them with folly.
A truthful witness saves souls, but a false witness is deceitful.
The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so with the heart of fools.
Better is little, with the fear of the LORD, than great treasure with trouble.
Better is a dinner of herbs, where love is, than a fattened calf with hatred.
Joy comes to a man with the reply of his mouth. How good is a word at the right time!
When a man's ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues with injustice.
It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, than to divide the plunder with the proud.
Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife.
When wickedness comes, contempt also comes, and with shame comes disgrace.
A man's stomach is filled with the fruit of his mouth. With the harvest of his lips he is satisfied.
It isn't good to have zeal without knowledge; nor being hasty with one's feet and missing the way.
A false witness shall not be unpunished. He who pours out lies shall not go free.
All the relatives of the poor shun him: how much more do his friends avoid him! He pursues them with pleas, but they are gone.
A false witness shall not be unpunished. He who utters lies shall perish.
A corrupt witness mocks justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down iniquity.
A king who sits on the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.
Who can say, "I have made my heart pure. I am clean and without sin?"
Don't love sleep, lest you come to poverty. Open your eyes, and you shall be satisfied with bread.
Fraudulent food is sweet to a man, but afterwards his mouth is filled with gravel.
He who goes about as a tale-bearer reveals secrets; therefore don't keep company with him who opens wide his lips.
It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than to share a house with a contentious woman.
It is better to dwell in a desert land, than with a contentious and fretful woman.
There are those who covet greedily all day long; but the righteous give and don't withhold.
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination: how much more, when he brings it with a wicked mind!
A false witness will perish, and a man who listens speaks to eternity.
The horse is prepared for the day of battle; but victory is with the LORD.
He who has a generous eye will be blessed; for he shares his food with the poor.
For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips.
Don't befriend a hot-tempered man, and don't associate with one who harbors anger:
When you sit to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before you;
for as he thinks about the cost, so he is. "Eat and drink!" he says to you, but his heart is not with you.
Don't withhold correction from a child. If you punish him with the rod, he will not die.
Punish him with the rod, and save his soul from Sheol.
Don't be envious of evil men; neither desire to be with them:
by knowledge the rooms are filled with all rare and beautiful treasure.
but it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and a rich blessing will come on them.
Don't be a witness against your neighbor without cause. Don't deceive with your lips.
Behold, it was all grown over with thorns. Its surface was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down.
Debate your case with your neighbor, and don't betray the confidence of another;
As clouds and wind without rain, so is he who boasts of gifts deceptively.
It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than to share a house with a contentious woman.
Like a city that is broken down and without walls is a man whose spirit is without restraint.
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer with discretion.
For lack of wood a fire goes out. Without gossip, a quarrel dies down.
Like silver dross on an earthen vessel are the lips of a fervent one with an evil heart.
A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but he harbors evil in his heart.
He who blesses his neighbor with a loud voice early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse by him.
Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, yet his foolishness will not be removed from him.
Those who forsake the law praise the wicked; but those who keep the law contend with them.
Whoever walks blamelessly is kept safe; but one with perverse ways will fall suddenly.
A faithful man is rich with blessings; but one who is eager to be rich will not go unpunished.
One who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than one who flatters with the tongue.
Whoever robs his father or his mother, and says, "It's not wrong." He is a partner with a destroyer.
He who is often rebuked and stiffens his neck will be destroyed suddenly, with no remedy.
If a wise man goes to court with a foolish man, the fool rages or scoffs, and there is no peace.
Remove far from me falsehood and lies. Give me neither poverty nor riches. Feed me with the food that is needful for me;
Sheol, the barren womb; the earth that is not satisfied with water; and the fire that doesn't say, 'Enough.'
The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent on a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maiden.
For a servant when he is king; a fool when he is filled with food;
You can catch a lizard with your hands, yet it is in kings' palaces.
She seeks wool and flax, and works eagerly with her hands.
She considers a field, and buys it. With the fruit of her hands, she plants a vineyard.
She arms her waist with strength, and makes her arms strong.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household; for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She opens her mouth with wisdom. Faithful instruction is on her tongue.
He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also does not wither. Whatever he does shall prosper.
You shall break them with a rod of iron. You shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel."
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
I cry to the LORD with my voice, and he answers me out of his holy hill. Selah.
In peace I will both lay myself down and sleep, for you, the LORD alone, make me live in safety. For the Chief Musician, with the flutes. A Psalm by David.
For you are not a God who has pleasure in wickedness. Evil can't live with you.
For there is no faithfulness in their mouth. Their heart is destruction. Their throat is an open tomb. They flatter with their tongue.
For you will bless the righteous. the LORD, you will surround him with favor as with a shield. For the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments, upon the eight-stringed lyre. A Psalm by David.
I am weary with my groaning. Every night I flood my bed. I drench my couch with my tears.
if I have rewarded evil to him who was at peace with me (yes, if I have delivered him who without cause was my adversary),
My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart.
Behold, he travails with iniquity. Yes, he has conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.
For you have made him a little lower than God, and crowned him with glory and honor.
I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart. I will tell of all your marvelous works.
Everyone lies to his neighbor. They speak with flattering lips, and with a double heart.
who have said, "With our tongue we will prevail. Our lips are our own. Who is lord over us?"
He who doesn't slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his friend, nor casts slurs against his fellow man;
They close up their callous hearts. With their mouth they speak proudly.
As for me, I shall see your face in righteousness. I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with seeing your form. For the Chief Musician. By David the servant of the LORD, who spoke to the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said,
I was also blameless with him. I kept myself from my iniquity.
With the merciful you will show yourself merciful. With the perfect man, you will show yourself perfect.
With the pure, you will show yourself pure. With the crooked you will show yourself shrewd.
the God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect?
For you have armed me with strength to the battle. You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.
Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed. He will answer him from his holy heaven, with the saving strength of his right hand.
You have given him his heart's desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah.
For you meet him with the blessings of goodness. You set a crown of fine gold on his head.
For you make him most blessed forever. You make him glad with joy in your presence.
All those who see me mock me. They insult me with their lips. They shake their heads, saying,
I am poured out like water. All my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax; it is melted within me.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. My cup runs over.
The earth is the LORD's, with its fullness; the world, and those who dwell therein.
Yes, no one who waits for you shall be shamed. They shall be shamed who deal treacherously without cause.
The friendship of the LORD is with those who fear him. He will show them his covenant.
Consider my enemies, for they are many. They hate me with cruel hatred.
Judge me, the LORD, for I have walked in my integrity. I have trusted also in the LORD without wavering.
I have not sat with deceitful men, neither will I go in with hypocrites.
I hate the assembly of evildoers, and will not sit with the wicked.
Don't gather my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men;
Hear, the LORD, when I cry with my voice. Have mercy also on me, and answer me.
Don't deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen up against me, such as breathe out cruelty.
Don't draw me away with the wicked, with the workers of iniquity who speak peace with their neighbors, but mischief is in their hearts.
the LORD is my strength and my shield. My heart has trusted in him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart greatly rejoices. With my song I will thank him.
the LORD's voice strikes with flashes of lightning.
the LORD will give strength to his people. the LORD will bless his people with peace. A Psalm. A Song for the Dedication of the Temple. By David.
You have turned my mourning into dancing for me. You have removed my sackcloth, and clothed me with gladness,
Have mercy on me, the LORD, for I am in distress. My eye, my soul, and my body waste away with grief.
For my life is spent with sorrow, my years with sighing. My strength fails because of my iniquity. My bones are wasted away.
Let the lying lips be mute, which speak against the righteous insolently, with pride and contempt.
You are my hiding place. You will preserve me from trouble. You will surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go. I will counsel you with my eye on you.
Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre. Sing praises to him with the harp of ten strings.
Sing to him a new song. Play skillfully with a shout of joy!
Oh magnify the LORD with me. Let us exalt his name together.
They looked to him, and were radiant. Their faces shall never be covered with shame.
Oh fear the LORD, you his saints, for there is no lack with those who fear him.
Contend, the LORD, with those who contend with me. Fight against those who fight against me.
For without cause they have hidden their net in a pit for me. Without cause they have dug a pit for my soul.
Unrighteous witnesses rise up. They ask me about things that I don't know about.
But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth. I afflicted my soul with fasting. My prayer returned into my own bosom.
Don't let those who are my enemies wrongfully rejoice over me; neither let those who hate me without a cause wink their eyes.
Let them be disappointed and confounded together who rejoice at my calamity. Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves against me.
An oracle is within my heart about the disobedience of the wicked: "There is no fear of God before his eyes."
They shall be abundantly satisfied with the abundance of your house. You will make them drink of the river of your pleasures.
For with you is the spring of life. In your light shall we see light.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither like the green herb.
The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth.
Though he stumble, he shall not fall, for the LORD holds him up with his hand.
For my waist is filled with burning. There is no soundness in my flesh.
But my enemies are vigorous and many. Those who hate me without reason are numerous.
I said, "I will watch my ways, so that I don't sin with my tongue. I will keep my mouth with a bridle while the wicked is before me."
I was mute with silence. I held my peace, even from good. My sorrow was stirred.
My heart was hot within me. While I meditated, the fire burned: I spoke with my tongue:
"Hear my prayer, the LORD, and give ear to my cry. Don't be silent at my tears. For I am a stranger with you, a foreigner, as all my fathers were.
I delight to do your will, my God. Yes, your law is within my heart."
I have not hidden your righteousness within my heart. I have declared your faithfulness and your salvation. I have not concealed your loving kindness and your truth from the great assembly.
Don't withhold your tender mercies from me, the LORD. Let your loving kindness and your truth continually preserve me.
Yes, my own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, who ate bread with me, has lifted up his heel against me.
These things I remember, and pour out my soul within me, how I used to go with the crowd, and led them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, a multitude keeping a holy day.
Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God! For I shall still praise him for the saving help of his presence.
My God, my soul is in despair within me. Therefore I remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon, from the hill Mizar.
the LORD will command his loving kindness in the daytime. In the night his song shall be with me: a prayer to the God of my life.
As with a sword in my bones, my adversaries reproach me, while they continually ask me, "Where is your God?"
Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God! For I shall still praise him, the saving help of my countenance, and my God.
Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God! For I shall still praise him: my Savior, my helper, and my God. For the Chief Musician. By the sons of Korah. A contemplative psalm.
We have heard with our ears, God; our fathers have told us, what work you did in their days, in the days of old.
You drove out the nations with your hand, but you planted them. You afflicted the peoples, but you spread them abroad.
But now you rejected us, and brought us to dishonor, and don't go out with our armies.
Though you have crushed us in the haunt of jackals, and covered us with the shadow of death.
My heart overflows with a noble theme. I recite my verses for the king. My tongue is like the pen of a skillful writer.
Your arrows are sharp. The nations fall under you, with arrows in the heart of the king's enemies.
You have loved righteousness, and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.
The daughter of Tyre comes with a gift. The rich among the people entreat your favor.
The princess inside is all glorious. Her clothing is interwoven with gold.
With gladness and rejoicing they shall be led. They shall enter into the king's palace.
though its waters roar and are troubled, though the mountains tremble with their swelling. Selah.
the LORD of Armies is with us. The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
the LORD of Armies is with us. The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by the sons of Korah.
Oh clap your hands, all you nations. Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
For God is the King of all the earth. Sing praises with understanding.
With the east wind, you break the ships of Tarshish.
A man who has riches without understanding, is like the animals that perish. A Psalm by Asaph.
"Gather my saints together to me, those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice."
When you saw a thief, you consented with him, and have participated with adulterers.
Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation. Uphold me with a willing spirit.
With a free will offering, I will sacrifice to you. I will give thanks to your name, the LORD, for it is good.
My heart is severely pained within me. The terrors of death have fallen on me.
Day and night they prowl around on its walls. Malice and abuse are also within her.
Destructive forces are within her. Threats and lies don't depart from her streets.
We took sweet fellowship together. We walked in God's house with company.
Behold, they spew with their mouth. Swords are in their lips, "For," they say, "who hears us?"
My God will go before me with his loving kindness. God will let me look at my enemies in triumph.
To you, my strength, I will sing praises. For God is my high tower, the God of my mercy. For the Chief Musician. To the tune of "The Lily of the Covenant." A teaching poem by David, when he fought with Aram Naharaim and with Aram Zobah, and Joab returned, and killed twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt.