Psalm 86; Proverbs 28:1–13; 1 Peter 2:1–10

Great Is Your Steadfast Love

iA Prayer of David.

86  jIncline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,

for I am kpoor and needy.

Preserve my life, for I am lgodly;

save your servant, who mtrusts in youyou are my God.

nBe gracious to me, O Lord,

for to you do I cry all the day.

Gladden the soul of your servant,

for oto you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

For you, O Lord, are good and pforgiving,

qabounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.

rGive ear, O Lord, to my prayer;

listen to my plea for grace.

In sthe day of my trouble I call upon you,

tfor you answer me.

There is unone like you among the gods, O Lord,

vnor are there any works like yours.

wAll the nations you have made shall come

and worship before you, O Lord,

and shall glorify your name.

10  For xyou are great and ydo wondrous things;

zyou alone are God.

11  aTeach me your way, O Lord,

that I may bwalk in your truth;

cunite my heart to fear your name.

12  I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,

and I will glorify your name forever.

13  dFor great is your steadfast love toward me;

you have edelivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

14  O God, insolent men have frisen up against me;

a band of ruthless men seeks my life,

and they do not set you before them.

15  But you, O Lord, are a God gmerciful and gracious,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

16  hTurn to me and be gracious to me;

give your strength to iyour servant,

and save ithe son of your maidservant.

17  jShow me a sign of your kfavor,

that those who hate me may see and be put to shame

because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.


28  cThe wicked flee when no one pursues,

but dthe righteous are bold as a lion.

When a land transgresses, eit has many rulers,

but with a man of understanding and knowledge,

its stability will long continue.

fA poor man who oppresses the poor

is a beating rain that leaves no food.

Those who forsake the law gpraise the wicked,

but those who keep the law hstrive against them.

Evil men ido not understand justice,

but those who seek the Lord junderstand it completely.

kBetter is a poor man who lwalks in his integrity

than a rich man who is lcrooked in his ways.

The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding,

but ma companion of gluttons shames his father.

Whoever multiplies his wealth nby interest and profit1

ogathers it for him who is pgenerous to the poor.

If one turns away his ear from hearing the law,

even his qprayer is an abomination.

10  Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way

rwill fall into his own pit,

but the blameless swill have a goodly inheritance.

11  A rich man is wise in his town eyes,

but a poor man who has understanding uwill find him out.

12  When vthe righteous triumph, there is great glory,

but when wthe wicked rise, people hide themselves.

13  Whoever xconceals his transgressions will not prosper,

but he who yconfesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.


A Living Stone and a Holy People

jSo put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. kLike newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual lmilk, that by it you may grow up into salvation if indeed you have mtasted that the Lord is good.

As you come to him, a living stone nrejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, oyou yourselves like living stones are being built up as pa spiritual house, to be qa holy priesthood, rto offer spiritual sacrifices sacceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:

tBehold, I am laying in Zion a stone,

a cornerstone chosen and precious,

uand whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.

So the honor is for you who vbelieve, but for those who vdo not believe,

wThe stone that the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone,1

and

xA stone of stumbling,

and a rock of offense.

They stumble because they disobey the word, yas they were destined to do.

But you are za chosen race, aa royal bpriesthood, ca holy nation, da people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you eout of darkness into fhis marvelous light. 10 gOnce you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.