89 Forever, O Lord, your oword
is firmly fixed in the heavens.
90 Your pfaithfulness endures to all generations;
91 By your sappointment they stand this day,
for all things are your servants.
92 If your law had not been my tdelight,
I would have perished in my affliction.
93 I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have ugiven me life.
94 I am yours; save me,
vfor I have sought your precepts.
95 The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,
but I consider your testimonies.
96 I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but your commandment is exceedingly wbroad.
97 Oh how xI love your law!
It is my ymeditation all the day.
98 Your commandment makes me zwiser than my enemies,
for it is ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
for ayour testimonies are my meditation.
for I ckeep your precepts.
101 I dhold back my feet from every evil way,
in order to keep your word.
102 I do not turn aside from your rules,
for you have taught me.
103 How esweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through your precepts I get understanding;
therefore fI hate every false way.
105 gYour word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
106 I have hsworn an oath and confirmed it,
to keep your irighteous rules.
107 I am severely jafflicted;
kgive me life, O Lord, according to your word!
108 Accept lmy freewill offerings of praise, O Lord,
and mteach me your rules.
109 I hold my life nin my hand continually,
but I do not oforget your law.
110 The wicked have laid pa snare for me,
but qI do not stray from your precepts.
111 Your testimonies are rmy heritage forever,
for they are sthe joy of my heart.
112 I tincline my heart to perform your statutes
113 I hate vthe double-minded,
but I love wyour law.
I zhope in your word.
115 aDepart from me, you evildoers,
that I may bkeep the commandments of my God.
116 Uphold me caccording to your promise, that I may live,
117 fHold me up, that I may be safe
and have regard for your statutes continually!
for their cunning is in vain.
119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like idross,
therefore jI love your testimonies.
120 My flesh ktrembles for fear of you,
and I am afraid of your judgments.
121 I have done what is just and right;
do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Give your servant la pledge of good;
let not mthe insolent oppress me.
123 My neyes long for your salvation
and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.
124 Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,
and oteach me your statutes.
that I may know your testimonies!
126 It is time for the Lord to act,
for your law has been broken.
127 Therefore I rlove your commandments
above gold, above fine gold.
128 Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right;
I hate every sfalse way.
129 Your testimonies are twonderful;
therefore my soul ukeeps them.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
it imparts vunderstanding to the simple.
because I ylong for your commandments.
132 zTurn to me and be gracious to me,
as is your way with those who love your name.
133 aKeep steady my steps according to your promise,
and let no iniquity bget dominion over me.
134 cRedeem me from man's oppression,
that I may keep your precepts.
135 dMake your face shine upon your servant,
and eteach me your statutes.
136 My eyes fshed streams of tears,
because people gdo not keep your law.
137 hRighteous are you, O Lord,
and right are your rules.
138 You have appointed your testimonies in irighteousness
and in all jfaithfulness.
139 My kzeal consumes me,
because my foes forget your words.
140 Your promise is well ltried,
and your servant mloves it.
141 I am small and despised,
yet I do not nforget your precepts.
142 Your righteousness is righteous forever,
and your law is otrue.
143 Trouble and anguish have found me out,
but your commandments are my pdelight.
144 Your testimonies are righteous forever;
145 With my swhole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord!
I will tkeep your statutes.
146 I call to you; save me,
that I may observe your testimonies.
147 I rise before udawn and cry for help;
I vhope in your words.
148 My eyes are awake before wthe watches of the night,
that I may meditate on your promise.
149 Hear my voice according to your steadfast love;
150 They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose;
they are far from your law.
151 But zyou are near, O Lord,
and all your commandments are atrue.
152 Long have I known from your testimonies
that you have bfounded them forever.
153 Look on my caffliction and deliver me,
for dI do not forget your law.
154 ePlead my cause and redeem me;
fgive me life according to your promise!
155 gSalvation is far from the wicked,
hfor they do not seek your statutes.
156 iGreat is your mercy, O Lord;
fgive me life according to your rules.
157 jMany are my persecutors and my adversaries,
but I do not kswerve from your testimonies.
because they do not keep your commands.
159 Consider how I nlove your precepts!
fGive me life according to your steadfast love.
and every one of your qrighteous rules endures forever.
Sin and Shin
but my heart tstands in awe of your words.
162 I trejoice at your word
like one who ufinds great spoil.
163 I hate and abhor falsehood,
but I love vyour law.
164 Seven times a day I praise you
for your qrighteous rules.
165 Great wpeace have those who love your law;
xnothing can make them stumble.
166 I yhope for your salvation, O Lord,
and I do your commandments.
167 My soul keeps your testimonies;
I vlove them exceedingly.
168 I keep your precepts and testimonies,
zfor all my ways are before you.
169 Let my acry come before you, O Lord;
170 Let my plea come before you;
ddeliver me according to your word.
171 My lips will epour forth praise,
for you fteach me your statutes.
172 My tongue will sing of your word,
for gall your commandments are right.
173 Let your hand be ready to help me,
for I have hchosen your precepts.
174 I ilong for your salvation, O Lord,
and your law is my jdelight.
175 Let my soul live and praise you,
and let your rules help me.
176 I have kgone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant,
for I do not lforget your commandments.
Our Heavenly Dwelling
5 For we know that if kthe tent that is lour earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, ma house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this tent nwe groan, longing to oput on our heavenly dwelling, 3 if indeed by putting it on1 we may not be found naked. 4 For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal pmay be swallowed up by life. 5 He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, qwho has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
6 So we are always of good courage. We know that rwhile we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7 for swe walk by faith, not tby sight. 8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we uwould rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to vplease him. 10 For wwe must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, xso that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
The Ministry of Reconciliation
11 Therefore, knowing ythe fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But zwhat we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. 12 aWe are not commending ourselves to you again but bgiving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. 13 For if we care beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ dcontrols us, because we have concluded this: that eone has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, fthat those who live might no longer live for themselves but gfor him who for their sake died and was raised.
16 From now on, therefore, hwe regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is iin Christ, he is ja new creation.2 kThe old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, lwho through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us mthe ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling3 the world to himself, nnot counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us mthe message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, owe are ambassadors for Christ, pGod making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 qFor our sake he made him to be sin rwho knew no sin, so that in him we might become sthe righteousness of God.