|The Calling of Matthew|
So the priest Hilkiah, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to the prophetess Huldah the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; she resided in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter, where they consulted her. She declared to them, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Tell the man who sent you to me, Thus says the LORD, I will indeed bring disaster on this place and on its inhabitants-- all the words of the book that the king of Judah has read. Because they have abandoned me and have made offerings to other gods, so that they have provoked me to anger with all the work of their hands, therefore my wrath will be kindled against this place, and it will not be quenched. But as to the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the LORD, thus shall you say to him, Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Regarding the words that you have heard, because your heart was penitent, and you humbled yourself before the LORD, when you heard how I spoke against this place, and against its inhabitants, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and because you have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, says the LORD. Therefore, I will gather you to your ancestors, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace; your eyes shall not see all the disaster that I will bring on this place." They took the message back to the king. Then the king directed that all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem should be gathered to him. The king went up to the house of the LORD, and with him went all the people of Judah, all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests, the prophets, and all the people, both small and great; he read in their hearing all the words of the book of the covenant that had been found in the house of the LORD. The king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before the LORD, to follow the LORD, keeping his commandments, his decrees, and his statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. All the people joined in the covenant.
1 Corinthians 11:23-34
For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be answerable for the body and blood of the Lord. Examine yourselves, and only then eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For all who eat and drink without discerning the body, eat and drink judgment against themselves. For this reason many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world. So then, my brothers and sisters, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. If you are hungry, eat at home, so that when you come together, it will not be for your condemnation. About the other things I will give instructions when I come.
As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, "Follow me." And he got up and followed him. And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" But when he heard this, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners." Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?" And Jesus said to them, "The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak, for the patch pulls away from the cloak, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved."
Psalm 119: Qoph Clamavi in toto corde meo
145 I call with my whole heart; answer me, O LORD, that I may keep your statutes.
146 I call to you; oh, that you would save me! I will keep your decrees.
147 Early in the morning I cry out to you, for in your word is my trust.
148 My eyes are open in the night watches, that I may meditate upon your promise.
149 Hear my voice, O LORD, according to your loving-kindness; according to your judgments, give me life.
150 They draw near who in malice persecute me; they are very far from your law.
151 You, O LORD, are near at hand, and all your commandments are true.
152 Long have I known from your decrees that you have established them for ever.
Psalm 119: Resh Vide humilitatem
153 Behold my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget your law.
154 Plead my cause and redeem me; according to your promise, give me life.
155 Deliverance is far from the wicked, for they do not study your statutes.
156 Great is your compassion, O LORD; preserve my life, according to your judgments.
157 There are many who persecute and oppress me, yet I have not swerved from your decrees.
158 I look with loathing at the faithless, for they have not kept your word.
159 See how I love your commandments! O LORD, in your mercy, preserve me.
160 The heart of your word is truth; all your righteous judgments endure for evermore.
Psalm 119: Shin Principes persecuti sunt
161 Rulers have persecuted me without a cause, but my heart stands in awe of your word.
162 I am as glad because of your promise as one who finds great spoils.
163 As for lies, I hate and abhor them, but your law is my love.
164 Seven times a day do I praise you, because of your righteous judgments.
165 Great peace have they who love your law; for them there is no stumbling block.
166 I have hoped for your salvation, O LORD, and have fulfilled your commandments.
167 I have kept your decrees and I have loved them deeply.
168 I have kept your commandments and decrees, for all my ways are before you.
Psalm 119: Taw Appropinquet deprecatio
169 Let my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding, according to your word.
170 Let my supplication come before you; deliver me, according to your promise.
171 My lips shall pour forth your praise, when you teach me your statutes.
172 My tongue shall sing of your promise, for all your commandments are righteous.
173 Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your commandments.
174 I long for your salvation, O LORD, and your law is my delight.
175 Let me live, and I will praise you, and let your judgments help me.
176 I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost; search for your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.
Psalm 128 Beati omnes
1 Happy are they all who fear the LORD, and who follow in his ways!
2 You shall eat the fruit of your labor; happiness and prosperity shall be yours.
3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine within your house, your children like olive shoots round about your table.
4 The man who fears the LORD shall thus indeed be blessed.
5 The LORD bless you from Zion, and may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.
6 May you live to see your children's children; may peace be upon Israel.
Psalm 129 Sæpe expugnaverunt
1 Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth, let Israel now say;
2 Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth", but they have not prevailed against me."
3 The plowmen plowed upon my back and made their furrows long.
4 The LORD, the Righteous One, has cut the cords of the wicked.
5 Let them be put to shame and thrown back, all those who are enemies of Zion.
6 Let them be like grass upon the housetops, which withers before it can be plucked;
7 Which does not fill the hand of the reaper, nor the bosom of him who binds the sheaves;
8 So that those who go by say not so much as, "The LORD prosper you. We wish you well in the Name of the LORD."
Psalm 130 De profundis
1 Out of the depths have I called to you, O LORD; LORD, hear my voice; let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
2 If you, LORD, were to note what is done amiss, O LORD, who could stand?
3 For there is forgiveness with you; therefore you shall be feared.
4 I wait for the LORD; my soul waits for him; in his word is my hope.
5 My soul waits for the LORD, more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.
6 O Israel, wait for the LORD, for with the LORD there is mercy;
7 With him there is plenteous redemption, and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.
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