Psalm 19 (The Jerusalem Bible)
1 The heavens
declare the glory of God, the vault of heaven proclaims his handiwork;
2 day discourses
of it to day, night to night hands on the knowledge,
3 No utterance
at all, no speech, no sound that anyone can hear;
4 yet their voice
goes out through all the earth, and their message to the ends of
the world. High above, he pitched a tent for the sun,
5 who comes out
of his pavilion like a bridegroom, exulting like a hero to run his
6 He has his rising
on the edge of heaven, the end of his course is its furthest edge,
and nothing can escape his heat.
7 The Law of Yahweh
is perfect, new life for the soul; the decree of Yahweh is trustworthy,
wisdom for the simple.
8 The precepts
of Yahweh are upright, joy for the heart; the commandment of Yahweh
is clear, light for the eyes.
9 The fear of
Yahweh is pure, lasting for ever; the judgments of Yahweh are true,
righteous every one.
10 more desirable
than gold, even than the finest gold; his words are sweeter than
honey, even than honey that drips from the comb.
11 Thus your servant
is formed by them, observance brings great reward.
12 But who can
detect his own failings? Wash out my hidden faults.
13 And from pride
preserve your servant, never let it dominate me. So shall I be above
reproach, free from grave sin.
14 May the word
of my mouth always find favor, and the whispering of my heart, in
your presence, Yahweh, my Rock, my Redeemer!
1 Peter 1:22-2:3 (The Jerusalem Bible)
22 You have been
obedient to the truth and purified your souls until you can love
like brothers (and sisters), in sincerity; let your love for each
other be real and from the heart--
23 your new birth
was not from any mortal seed but from the everlasting word of the
living and eternal God.
24 All flesh is
grass and its glory like the wild flower's The grass withers, the
25 but the word
of the Lord remains forever. What is this word? It is the Good News
that has been brought to you.
1 Be sure, then, you are never spiteful, or deceitful, or
hypocritical, or envious and critical of each other.
2 You are new
born, and, like babies, you should be hungry for nothing but milk--the
spiritual honesty which will help you to grow up to salvation--
3 now that you
have tasted the goodness of the Lord.