1 And David spoke to the Lord the words of this verse, in the day that the Lord freed him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.
2 And he said: “The Lord is my rock, and my strength, and my Savior.
3 I will hope in him. God is my strong one, my shield, and the horn of my salvation. He lifts me up, and he is my refreshment. You, O my Savior, will free me from iniquity.
4 I will call upon the Lord, who is praiseworthy; and I will be saved from my enemies.
5 For the pangs of death have encircled me. The torrents of Belial have terrified me.
6 The ropes of Hell have encompassed me. The snares of death have intercepted me.
7 In my tribulation, I will call upon the Lord, and I will cry out to my God. And he will heed my voice from his temple, and my outcry will reach his ears.
8 The earth was shaken, and it quaked. The foundations of the mountains were struck together and violently shaken, because he was angry with them.
9 Smoke ascends from his nostrils, and fire from his mouth will devour; coals have been kindled by it.
10 He bent down the heavens, and it descended; and a fog was beneath his feet.
11 And he climbed upon the cherubim, and he flew; and he slid upon the wings of the wind.
12 He set darkness as a hiding place around himself, with waters sifted from the clouds of the heavens.
13 By means of the brightness of his glance, coals of fire were kindled.
14 The Lord will thunder from heaven; and the Most High will utter his voice.
15 He shot arrows, and he scattered them; lightning, and he consumed them.
16 And the overflow of the sea appeared, and the foundations of the globe were revealed, at the rebuke of the Lord, at the exhale of the breath of his fury.
17 He sent from on high, and he took me up. And he drew me out of many waters.
18 He freed me from my most powerful enemy and from those who had hated me. For they were too strong for me.
19 He went before me in the day of my affliction, and the Lord became my firmament.
20 And he led me out to a wide-open place. He freed me, because I was pleasing to him.
21 The Lord will reward me according to my justice. And he will repay me according to the cleanness of my hands.
22 For I have kept to the ways of the Lord, and I have not acted impiously before my God.
23 For all his judgments are in my sight. And I have not removed his precepts from me.
24 And I shall be perfect with him. And I shall guard myself from my own iniquity.
25 And the Lord will recompense me according to my justice, and according to the cleanness of my hands in the sight of his eyes.
26 With the holy one, you will be holy, and with the strong one, you will be perfect.
27 With the elect one, you will be elect, and with the perverse one, you will be perverse.
28 And you will bring to salvation the poor people, and you will humble the exalted with your eyes.
29 For you are my lamp, O Lord. And you, O Lord, will illuminate my darkness.
30 For in you, I will run girded. In my God, I will leap over the wall.
31 God, his way is immaculate; the eloquence of the Lord is an exacting fire. He is the shield of all who hope in him.
32 Who is God except the Lord? And who is strong except our God?
33 God, he has girded me with fortitude, and he has made my way perfect:
34 making my feet like the feet of the stag, and stationing me upon my exalted places,
35 teaching my hands to do battle, and making my arms like a bow of brass.
36 You have given me the shield of your salvation. And your mildness has multiplied me.
37 You will enlarge my steps under me, and my ankles will not fail.
38 I will pursue my enemies, and crush them. And I will not turn back, until I consume them.
39 I will consume them and break them apart, so that they cannot rise up; they will fall under my feet.
40 You have girded me with strength for the battle. Those who resisted me, you have bent down under me.
41 You have caused my enemies to turn their back to me; they have hatred for me, and I shall destroy them.
42 They will cry out, and there will be no one to save; to the Lord, and he will not heed them.
43 I will wipe them away like the dust of the earth. I will break them apart and crush them, like the mud of the streets.
44 You will save me from the contradictions of my people. You will preserve me to be the head of the Gentiles; a people I do not know shall serve me.
45 The sons of foreigners, who will resist me, at the hearing of the ear they will be obedient to me.
46 The foreigners flowed away, but they will be drawn together in their anguishes.
47 The Lord lives, and my God is blessed. And the strong God of my salvation shall be exalted.
48 God gives me vindication, and he casts down the peoples under me.
49 He leads me away from my enemies, and he lifts me up from those who resist me. You will free me from the iniquitous man.
50 Because of this, I will confess to you, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and I will sing to your name:
51 magnifying the salvation of his king, and showing mercy to David, his Christ, and to his offspring forever.”
1 These are the last words of David. Now David, the son of Jesse, the man to whom it was appointed concerning the Christ of the God of Jacob, the preeminent psalmist of Israel said:
2 The Spirit of the Lord has spoken through me, and his word was spoken through my tongue.
3 The God of Israel spoke to me, the Strong One of Israel spoke, the Ruler of men, the Just Ruler, in the fear of God,
4 like the first light of the morning as the sun is rising, when a morning without clouds glows red, and like plants springing forth from the earth after a rainfall.
5 But my house is not so great with God that he should undertake an eternal covenant with me, firm and fortified in all things. For he is the entirety of my salvation and the entirety of my will. And there is nothing of this which will not spring forth.
6 But all prevaricators shall be plucked out like thorns, yet they are not taken away by hands.
7 And if anyone wishes to touch them, he must be armed with iron and a wooden lance. And they shall be set ablaze and burned to nothing.”
8 These are the names of the valiant of David. Sitting in the chair was the wisest leader among the three; he was like a very tender little worm in a tree, who killed eight hundred men in one attack.
9 After him, there was Eleazar, the son of his paternal uncle, an Ahohite, who was among the three valiant men who were with David when they chastised the Philistines, and they were gathered together in battle there.
10 And when the men of Israel had gone up, he himself stood fast and struck down the Philistines, until his hand grew weak and stiff with the sword. And the Lord wrought a great salvation on that day. And the people who had fled returned to take up the spoils of the slain.
11 And after him, there was Shammah, the son of Agee, from Hara. And the Philistines gathered together at an outpost. For a field full of lentils was in that place. And when the people had fled from the face of the Philistines,
12 he stood fast in the middle of the field, and it was protected by him. And he struck down the Philistines. And the Lord wrought a great salvation.
13 And moreover, before this, the three who were leaders among the thirty descended and went to David at harvest time, in the cave of Adullam. But the camp of the Philistines was positioned in the Valley of the giants.
14 And David was in a stronghold. Moreover, there was a garrison of the Philistines at that time in Bethlehem.
15 Then David desired, and he said, “If only someone would give me a drink of the water from the cistern, which is in Bethlehem beside the gate!”
16 Therefore, the three valiant men burst into the encampment of the Philistines, and they drew water from the cistern of Bethlehem, which was beside the gate. And they brought it to David. Yet he was not willing to drink; instead, he poured it out to the Lord,
17 saying: “May the Lord be gracious to me, so that I may not do this. Should I drink the blood of these men who have set out to the peril of their own lives?” Therefore, he was not willing to drink. These things were accomplished by these three robust men.
18 Also Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was first among the three. It was he who lifted up his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed. And he was renowned among the three,
19 and he was the noblest of the three, and he was their leader. But at first he did not attain to the three.
20 And Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, a very strong man of great deeds, was from Kabzeel. He slew the two lions of Moab, and he descended and slew a lion in the middle of a den, in the days of snow.
21 He also killed an Egyptian who had a spear in his hand, a man worthy to behold. And yet he had gone down to him with only a staff. And he forced the spear from the hand of the Egyptian, and he killed him with his own spear.
22 Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, accomplished these things.
23 And he was renowned among the three robust men, who were the most noble among the thirty. Yet truly, he did not attain to the three, until David made him his secret advisor.
24 Among the thirty were: Asahel, the brother of Joab, Elhanan, the son of his paternal uncle, from Bethlehem,
25 Shammah from Harod, Elika from Harod,
26 Helez from Palti, Ira, the son of Ikkesh, from Tekoa,
27 Abiezer from Anathoth, Mebunnai from Hushah,
28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,
29 Heleb, the son of Baanah, also himself a Netophathite, Ittai, the son of Ribai, from Gibeah, of the sons of Benjamin,
30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai from the Torrent Gaash,
31 Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth from Beromi,
32 Eliahba from Shaalbon; the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,
33 Shammah from Orori, Ahiam, the son of Sharar, the Hararite,
34 Eliphelet, the son of Ahasbai, the son of Maacath, Eliam, the son of Ahithophel, the Gilonite,
35 Hezrai from Carmel, Paarai from Arbi,
36 Igal, the son of Nathan, from Zobah, Bani from Gad,
37 Zelek from Ammon, Naharai the Beerothite, the armor bearer of Joab, the son of Zeruiah,
38 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb also an Ithrite,
39 Uriah the Hittite: altogether thirty seven
23 the sons of Babylon, and all the Chaldeans, the nobles, the sovereigns and princes, all the sons of the Assyrians, youths of exceptional form, all the rulers and magistrates, the leaders among leaders, and the renowned riders of horses.
24 And they will overwhelm you, well-equipped with chariot and wheel, a multitude of peoples. They will be armed against you on every side with armor and shield and helmet. And I will give judgment to their eyes, and they will judge you with their judgments.
25 And against you, I will set my zeal, which they will execute upon you with fury. They will cut off your nose and your ears. And what remains will fall by the sword. They will seize your sons and your daughters, and your youngest will be devoured by fire.
26 And they will strip you of your vestments, and take away the articles of your glory.
27 And I will cause your wickedness to cease from you, and your fornication to cease from the land of Egypt. Neither shall you lift up your eyes toward them, and you shall no longer remember Egypt.
28 For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will deliver you into the hands of those whom you have hated, into the hands by which your soul has been gorged.
29 And they will act toward you with hatred, and they will take away all your labors, and they will send you away naked and filled with disgrace. And the shame of your fornication will be revealed: your crimes and your fornications.
30 They have done these things to you, because you have fornicated after the Gentiles, among whom you were defiled by their idols.
31 You have walked in the way of your sister, and so I will give her chalice into your hand.
32 Thus says the Lord God: You will drink the chalice of your sister, deep and wide. You will be held in derision and in ridicule, to a very great extent.
33 You will be filled with inebriation and sorrow, by the chalice of grief and sadness, by the chalice of your sister Samaria.
34 And you will drink it, and you will empty it, even to the dregs. And you will consume even its particles. And you will wound your own breasts. For I have spoken, says the Lord God.
35 Because of this, thus says the Lord God: Since you have forgotten me, and you have cast me behind your body, so also will you bear your wickedness and your fornications.”
36 And the Lord spoke to me, saying: “Son of man, should you not judge Oholah and Oholibah, and announce to them their crimes?
37 For they are adulteresses, and blood is in their hands, and they have fornicated with their idols. Moreover, they have offered even their children, whom they bore for me, to them to be devoured.
38 But they have done even this to me: They have defiled my sanctuary on the same day, and they have profaned my Sabbaths.
39 And when they immolated their children to their idols, they also entered my sanctuary on the same day, so that they defiled it. They have done these things, even in the midst of my house.
40 They sent for men who were coming from far away, to whom they had sent a messenger. And so, behold, they arrived, those for whom you washed yourself, and smeared cosmetics around your eyes, and were adorned with feminine ornaments.
41 You sat upon a very beautiful bed, and a table was adorned before you, on which you placed my incense and my ointment.
42 And the voice of a multitude was exulting within her. And concerning certain men, who were being led out of a multitude of persons, and who were arriving from the desert, they placed bracelets on their hands and beautiful crowns on their heads.
43 And I said about her, as she was being worn away by her adulteries, ‘Even now, she continues in her fornication!’
44 And they entered to her, as if to a kept woman. So did they enter to Oholah and Oholibah, nefarious women.
45 But there are just men; these shall judge them with the judgment of adulteresses and with the judgment of those who shed blood. For they are adulteresses, and blood is on their hands.
46 For thus says the Lord God: Lead upon them a multitude, and hand them over to tumult and to pillaging.
47 And may they be stoned with the stones of the peoples, and may they be pierced with their own swords. They will put to death their sons and daughters, and they will burn their houses with fire.
48 And I will take away wickedness from the land. And all women shall learn not to act according to their wickedness.
49 And they will set your own crimes upon you, and you will bear the sins of your idols. And you shall know that I am the Lord God.”
12 Wonderful things did he do in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Tanis.
13 He divided the sea and brought them through: and he made the waters to stand as in a vessel.
14 And he conducted them with a cloud by day: and all the night with a light of fire.
15 He struck the rock in the wilderness: and gave them to drink, as out of the great deep.
16 He brought forth water out of the rock: and made streams run down as rivers.
17 And they added yet more sin against him: they provoked the most High to wrath in the place without water.
18 And they tempted God in their hearts, by asking meat for their desires.
1 But while they were speaking to the people, the priests and the magistrate of the temple and the Sadducees overwhelmed them,
2 being grieved that they were teaching the people and announcing in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
3 And they laid hands on them, and they placed them under guard until the next day. For it was now evening.
4 But many of those who had heard the word believed. And the number of men became five thousand.
5 And it happened on the next day that their leaders and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem,
6 including Annas, the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John and Alexander, and as many as were of the priestly family.
7 And stationing them in the middle, they questioned them: “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?”
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Leaders of the people and elders, listen.
9 If we today are judged by a good deed done to an infirm man, by which he has been made whole,
10 let it be known to all of you and to all of the people of Israel, that in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God has raised from the dead, by him, this man stands before you, healthy.
11 He is the stone, which was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the head of the corner.
12 And there is no salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, by which it is necessary for us to be saved.”
13 Then, seeing the constancy of Peter and John, having verified that they were men without letters or learning, they wondered. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.
14 Also, seeing the man who had been cured standing with them, they were unable to say anything to contradict them.
15 But they ordered them to withdraw outside, away from the council, and they conferred among themselves,
16 saying: “What shall we do to these men? For certainly a public sign has been done through them, before all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. It is manifest, and we cannot deny it.
17 But lest it spread further among the people, let us threaten them not to speak anymore in this name to any man.”
18 And calling them in, they warned them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
19 Yet truly, Peter and John said in response to them: “Judge whether it is just in the sight of God to listen to you, rather than to God.
20 For we are unable to refrain from speaking the things that we have seen and heard.”
21 But they, threatening them, sent them away, having not found a way that they might punish them because of the people. For all were glorifying the things that had been done in these events.
22 For the man in whom this sign of a cure had been accomplished was more than forty years old.
23 Then, having been released, they went to their own, and they reported in full what the leaders of the priests and the elders had said to them.
24 And when they had heard it, with one accord, they lifted up their voice to God, and they said: “Lord, you are the One who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them,