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 race.

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 flower falls,

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.


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