Bible Reading Plan
Daily Bible Reading
August 12 - NT, Psalms & Proverbs
A Lament over the Destruction of Jerusalem, and Prayer for Help.
A Psalm of Asaph.
1 O God, the (a)nations have [a]invaded (b)Your inheritance;
They have defiled Your (c)holy temple;
They have (d)laid Jerusalem in ruins.
2 They have given the (e)dead bodies of Your servants for food to the birds of the heavens,
The flesh of Your godly ones to the beasts of the earth.
3 They have poured out their blood like water round about Jerusalem;
And there was (f)no one to bury them.
4 We have become a (g)reproach to our neighbors,
A scoffing and derision to those around us.
5 (h)How long, O Lord ? Will You be angry forever?
Will Your (i)jealousy (j)burn like fire?
6 (k)Pour out Your wrath upon the nations which (l)do not know You,
And upon the kingdoms which (m)do not call upon Your name.
7 For they have (n)devoured Jacob
And (o)laid waste his [b]habitation.
8 (p)Do not remember [c]the iniquities of our forefathers against us;
Let Your compassion come quickly to (q)meet us,
For we are (r)brought very low.
9 (s)Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of (t)Your name;
And deliver us and [d](u)forgive our sins (v)for Your name's sake.
10 (w)Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?"
Let there be known among the nations in our sight,
(x)Vengeance for the blood of Your servants which has been shed.
11 Let (y)the groaning of the prisoner come before You;
According to the greatness of Your [e]power preserve [f]those who are (z)doomed to die.
12 And return to our neighbors (aa)sevenfold (ab)into their bosom
[g]The (ac)reproach with which they have reproached You, O Lord.
13 So we Your people and the (ad)sheep of Your [h]pasture
Will (ae)give thanks to You forever;
To all generations we will (af)tell of Your praise.
God Implored to Rescue His People from Their Calamities.
For the choir director; set to [a]El Shoshannim; [b]Eduth. A Psalm of Asaph.
1 Oh, give ear, (a)Shepherd of Israel,
You who lead (b)Joseph like a flock;
You who (c)are enthroned above the cherubim, shine forth!
2 Before (d)Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, (e)stir up Your power
And come to save us!
3 O God, (f)restore us
And (g)cause Your face to shine upon us, [c]and we will be saved.
4 O (h)
God of hosts,
(i)How long will You [d]be angry with the prayer of Your people?
5 You have fed them with the (j)bread of tears,
And You have made them to drink tears in [e]large measure.
6 You make us [f]an object of contention (k)to our neighbors,
And our enemies laugh among themselves.
7 O God of hosts, restore us
And cause Your face to shine upon us, [g]and we will be saved.
8 You removed a (l)vine from Egypt;
You (m)drove out the [h]nations and (n)planted it.
9 You (o)cleared the ground before it,
And it (p)took deep root and filled the land.
10 The mountains were covered with its shadow,
And [i]the cedars of God with its (q)boughs.
11 It was sending out its branches (r)to the sea
And its shoots to the River.
12 Why have You (s)broken down its [j]hedges,
So that all who pass that way pick its fruit?
13 A boar from the forest (t)eats it away
And whatever moves in the field feeds on it.
14 O God of hosts, (u)turn again now, we beseech You;
(v)Look down from heaven and see, and take care of this vine,
15 Even the [k](w)shoot which Your right hand has planted,
And on the [l]son whom You have [m]strengthened for Yourself.
16 It is (x)burned with fire, it is cut down;
They perish at the (y)rebuke of Your countenance.
17 Let (z)Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand,
Upon the son of man whom You (aa)made strong for Yourself.
18 Then we shall not (ab)turn back from You;
(ac)Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.
19 O Lord God of hosts, (ad)restore us;
Cause Your face to shine upon us, [n]and we will be saved.
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