June 9th, 2019

Whitsunday (Feast of Pentecost)


Explanation of the Week

Man's self-exaltation causes a confusion of language. In his desire to make a name for himself, he brings the judgment of being divided and scattered. (Gen 11:1-9) However, by the coming of the Holy Spirit, mankind is brought together and united in Christ. Language barriers are broken down as the people hear the wonderful works of God in their own native tongue. (Acts 2:1-21) Through the preaching of the cross, the Holy Spirit draws people from all nations into the one, holy, Christian, apostolic church. The Holy Spirit teaches and brings to our remembrance the words of Jesus, which are the words of the Father who sent Him. These words bestow forgiveness and peace to those who keep and hold on to them in love for Jesus. For He said, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (Jn 14:23-31)

Introit

Antiphon:
The Spirit of the Lord fills the world. Alle- | luia.*
     Let the righ- | teous be glad;
let them rejoice be- | fore God;*
     yes, let them rejoice exceedingly. Alle- | luia. (Wisdom 1:7; Psalm 68:3)

Psalm:
Let God arise, let His enemies be | scattered;*
     let those also who hate Him flee be- | fore Him.
Sing to God, sing praises | to His name;*
     extol Him who rides | on the clouds.
The Lord | gave the Word;*
     great was the company of those who pro- | claimed it.
He sends out His voice, a | mighty voice.*
     The God of Israel gives strength and power to His | people. (Psalm 68:1, 4, 11, 33, 35)

Collect (LSB)

O God, on this day You once taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending them the light of Your Holy Spirit. Grant us in our day by the same Spirit to have a right understanding in all things and evermore to rejoice in His holy consolation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Collect (TLH)

O God, who didst teach the hearts of Thy faithful people by sending to them the light of Thy Holy Spirit, grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things and evermore to rejoice in His holy comfort; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who with Thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Collecta Latina

Deus qui hodierno die corda fidelium sanci Spiritus illustratione docuisti, da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de eius consolatione semper gaudere. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate eiusdem Spiritus sancti Deus. Per omnia secula seculorum, Amen.

Old Testament (LSB): Gen. 11:1-9

The Tower of Babel

 1Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in(A) the land of Shinar and settled there. 3And they said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly." And they had brick for stone,(B) and bitumen for mortar. 4Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower(C) with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth." 5And(D) the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. 6And the LORD said, "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7Come,(E) let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech." 8So(F) the LORD dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9Therefore its name was called(G) Babel, because there the LORD confused[a] the language of all the earth. And from there the LORD dispersed them over the face of all the earth.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

Old Testament: Joel 2:28-32

The LORD Will Pour Out His Spirit

 28[a](A) "And it shall come to pass afterward,
   that(B) I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;(C) your sons and(D) your daughters shall prophesy,
   your old men shall dream dreams,
   and your young men shall see visions. 29(E) Even on the male and female servants
   in those days I will pour out my Spirit.

 30"And I will show(F) wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31(G) The sun shall be turned to darkness,(H) and the moon to blood,(I) before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. 32And it shall come to pass that(J) everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.(K) For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the LORD has said, and among(L) the survivors shall be those whom the LORD calls.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

Epistle: Acts 2:1-13

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

 1When(A) the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like(B) a mighty rushing wind, and(C) it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3And divided tongues(D) as of fire appeared to them and rested[a] on each one of them. 4And they were all(E) filled with the Holy Spirit and began(F) to speak in other tongues(G) as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 5Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6And(H) at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7And(I) they were amazed and astonished, saying, "Are not all these who are speaking(J) Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9Parthians and(K) Medes and(L) Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11both Jews and(M) proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God." 12And(N) all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?" 13But others(O) mocking said, "They are filled with new wine."

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

Verse

Alle- | luia.*
     Alle- | luia.
You send forth Your Spirit, they are cre- | ated;*
     and You renew the face of the earth. Alle- | luia.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the | faithful,*
     and kindle them in the fire of Your love. Alle- | luia. (Psalm 104:30, Liturgical text)

Gospel: John 14:23-31

23Jesus answered him, (A) "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and(B) we will come to him and(C) make our home with him. 24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And(D) the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.

 25"These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26But the(E) Helper, the Holy Spirit,(F) whom the Father will send in my name,(G) he will teach you all things and(H) bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27(I) Peace I leave with you;(J) my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.(K) Let not your hearts be troubled, neither(L) let them be afraid. 28(M) You heard me say to you,(N) 'I am going away, and I will come to you.' If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I(O) am going to the Father, for(P) the Father is greater than I. 29And(Q) now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. 30I will no longer talk much with you, for(R) the ruler of this world is coming.(S) He has no claim on me, 31but I do(T) as the Father has commanded me,(U) so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

Offertory

Strengthen, O God, what You have done for us. Because of Your temple at Jerusalem, Kings will bring presents to You, Alleluia. (Psalm 68)

Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 48; Ps. 68; Ps. 45

Zion, the City of Our God

A Song. A Psalm of(A) the Sons of Korah.

 1(B) Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised
   in(C) the city of our God!His(D) holy mountain, 2(E) beautiful in elevation,
   is(F) the joy of all the earth,Mount Zion, in the far north,
   (G) the city of the great King. 3Within her citadels God
   has made himself known as a fortress.

 4For behold,(H) the kings assembled;
   they came on together. 5As soon as they saw it, they were astounded;
   they were in panic; they took to flight. 6(I) Trembling took hold of them there,
   anguish(J) as of a woman in labor. 7By(K) the east wind you(L) shattered
   the ships of(M) Tarshish. 8As we have heard, so have we seen
   in the city of the LORD of hosts,in(N) the city of our God,
   which God will(O) establish forever.
                         Selah

 9We have thought on your(P) steadfast love, O God,
   in the midst of your temple. 10As your(Q) name, O God,
   so your praise reaches to(R) the ends of the earth.Your right hand is filled with righteousness.
 11Let Mount(S) Zion be glad!Let the daughters of Judah rejoice
   because of your judgments!

 12Walk about Zion, go around her,
   number her towers, 13consider well her(T) ramparts,
   go through her citadels,(U) that you may tell the next generation
 14that this is God,our God forever and ever.
   He will(V) guide us forever.[a]

Footnotes:Psalm 48:14 Septuagint; another reading is (compare Jerome, Syriac) He will guide us beyond death
Cross references:Psalm 48:1 : Psalm 42, title; 46, title Psalm 48:1 : Psalm 96:4; 145:3 Psalm 48:1 : Psalm 46:4 Psalm 48:1 : Psalm 2:6; 87:1; Zech 8:3; Isa 2:3; Mic 4:1 Psalm 48:2 : Psalm 50:2 Psalm 48:2 : Lam 2:15; Ezek 20:6 Psalm 48:2 : Matt 5:35 Psalm 48:4 : 2 Sam 10:6-19 Psalm 48:6 : Exodus 15:15 Psalm 48:6 : Isa 13:8; Hos 13:13 Psalm 48:7 : Jer 18:17 Psalm 48:7 : 1 Kgs 22:48; Ezek 27:26 Psalm 48:7 : 1 Kgs 10:22 Psalm 48:8 : Psalms 42:1 Psalm 48:8 : Psalm 87:5; Isa 2:2; Mic 4:1 Psalm 48:9 : Psalm 26:3; 40:10 Psalm 48:10 : Psalm 113:3; Exodus 34:5, 6; Deut 28:58; Mal 1:11, 14 Psalm 48:10 : Psalm 22:27 Psalm 48:11 : Psalm 97:8 Psalm 48:13 : Psalm 122:7 Psalm 48:13 : Psalm 78:4-6 Psalm 48:14 : Psalm 23:3, 4




God Shall Scatter His Enemies

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song.

 1(A) God shall arise, his enemies shall be(B) scattered;
   and those who hate him shall flee before him! 2As(C) smoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away;
   (D) as wax melts before fire,
   so the wicked shall perish before God! 3But(E) the righteous shall be glad;
   they shall exult before God;
   they shall be jubilant with joy!

 4Sing to God,(F) sing praises to his name;
   (G) lift up a song to him who(H) rides through(I) the deserts;his name is(J) the LORD;
   exult before him! 5(K) Father of the fatherless and(L) protector of widows
   is God in his holy habitation. 6God(M) settles the solitary in a home;
   he(N) leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
   but(O) the rebellious dwell in(P) a parched land.

 7O God, when you(Q) went out before your people,
   (R) when you marched through(S) the wilderness,
                         Selah
8(T) the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain,
   before God, the One of Sinai,
   before God, the God of Israel. 9(U) Rain in abundance, O God, you shed abroad;
   you restored your inheritance as it languished; 10your flock[a] found a dwelling in it;
   in your goodness, O God, you(V) provided for the needy.

 11The Lord gives(W) the word;
   (X) the women who announce the news are a great host:
 12(Y) "The kings of the armies—they flee, they flee!"The women at home(Z) divide the spoil—
 13though you men lie among(AA) the sheepfolds—the wings of a dove covered with silver,
   its pinions with shimmering gold. 14When the Almighty scatters kings there,
   let snow fall on(AB) Zalmon.

 15O mountain of God, mountain of Bashan;
   O many-peaked[b] mountain, mountain of Bashan! 16Why do you look with hatred, O many-peaked mountain,
   at the mount that God(AC) desired for his abode,
   yes, where the LORD will dwell forever? 17(AD) The chariots of God are twice ten thousand,
   thousands upon thousands;
   the Lord is among them; Sinai is now in the sanctuary. 18(AE) You ascended on high,
   (AF) leading a host of captives in your train
   and(AG) receiving gifts among men,even among(AH) the rebellious,(AI) that the LORD God may dwell there.

 19Blessed be the Lord,
   who daily(AJ) bears us up;
   God is our salvation.
                         Selah
20Our God is a God of salvation,
   (AK) and to GOD, the Lord, belong deliverances from death. 21(AL) But God will strike the heads of his enemies,
   the hairy crown of him who walks in his guilty ways. 22The Lord said,
   "I will bring them back(AM) from Bashan,(AN) I will bring them back from the depths of the sea, 23that you may(AO) strike your feet in their blood,
   that(AP) the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from the foe."

 24Your procession is[c] seen, O God,
   the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary— 25(AQ) the singers in front,(AR) the musicians last,
   between them(AS) virgins playing tambourines: 26(AT) "Bless God in the great congregation,
   the LORD, O you[d] who are of(AU) Israel’s fountain!" 27There is(AV) Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead,
   the princes of Judah in their throng,
   the princes of(AW) Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.

 28(AX) Summon your power, O God,[e]
   the power, O God, by which you have worked for us. 29Because of your temple at Jerusalem
   kings shall(AY) bear gifts to you. 30Rebuke(AZ) the beasts that dwell among the reeds,
   the herd of(BA) bulls with the calves of the peoples.(BB) Trample underfoot those who lust after tribute;
   scatter the peoples who delight in war.[f] 31Nobles shall come from(BC) Egypt;
   (BD) Cush shall hasten to(BE) stretch out her hands to God.

 32(BF) O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God;
   sing praises to the Lord,
                         Selah
33to him(BG) who rides in(BH) the heavens, the ancient heavens;
   behold, he(BI) sends out his voice, his mighty voice. 34(BJ) Ascribe power to God,
   whose majesty is over Israel,
   and whose(BK) power is in(BL) the skies. 35(BM) Awesome is God from his[g](BN) sanctuary;
   the God of Israel—he is the one who gives(BO) power and strength to his people.Blessed be God!

Footnotes:Psalm 68:10 Or your congregation Psalm 68:15 Or hunch-backed; also verse 16 Psalm 68:24 Or has been Psalm 68:26 The Hebrew for you is plural here Psalm 68:28 Probable reading; Hebrew Your God has summoned your power Psalm 68:30 The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain Psalm 68:35 Septuagint; Hebrew your
Cross references:Psalm 68:1 : Num 10:35; Isa 33:3 Psalm 68:1 : Psalm 89:10; 92:9 Psalm 68:2 : Psalm 37:20 Psalm 68:2 : Psalm 22:14; 97:5; Mic 1:4 Psalm 68:3 : Psalm 32:11 Psalm 68:4 : Psalm 66:4 Psalm 68:4 : Isa 62:10 Psalm 68:4 : Psalms 42:33; Psalm 18:10 Psalm 68:4 : Isa 40:3 Psalm 68:4 : Psalm 89:8 Psalm 68:5 : Psalm 10:14 Psalm 68:5 : Deut 10:18 Psalm 68:6 : Psalm 113:9; 1 Sam 2:5 Psalm 68:6 : Psalm 69:33; 107:10, 14; 146:7; Acts 12:7; 16:26 Psalm 68:6 : Psalms 42:18 Psalm 68:6 : Psalm 107:33, 40 Psalm 68:7 : Exodus 13:21; Judg 4:14; Hab 3:13; Zech 14:3 Psalm 68:7 : Judg 5:4 Psalm 68:7 : Psalm 78:40 Psalm 68:8 : Exodus 19:18; Judg 5:4 Psalm 68:9 : Psalm 65:9, 10 Psalm 68:10 : Psalm 65:9; 78:20 Psalm 68:11 : Psalm 33:9 Psalm 68:11 : Exodus 15:20; 1 Sam 18:6 Psalm 68:12 : Psalm 110:5; Num 31:8; Josh 10:16; Judg 5:19; Josh 12:7-24 Psalm 68:12 : Judg 5:30 Psalm 68:13 : Gen 49:14; Judg 5:16 Psalm 68:14 : Judg 9:48 Psalm 68:16 : Psalm 132:13, 14; Psalm 78:54; 87:1, 2; Deut 12:5 Psalm 68:17 : 2 Kgs 6:17; Hab 3:8 Psalm 68:18 : Psalm 7:7; 47:5; Cited Eph 4:8; Acts 1:9 Psalm 68:18 : Judg 5:12 Psalm 68:18 : Acts 2:4, 33 Psalm 68:18 : Rom 5:8; 1 Tim 1:13 Psalm 68:18 : Psalm 78:60; Exodus 29:45; Rev 21:3; John 14:23 Psalm 68:19 : Isa 46:4 Psalm 68:20 : Deut 32:39; Eccles 7:18; Rev 1:18 Psalm 68:21 : Psalm 110:6; Hab 3:13 Psalm 68:22 : Num 21:33 Psalm 68:22 : Amos 9:2-4 Psalm 68:23 : Psalm 58:10 Psalm 68:23 : 1 Kgs 21:19; 22:38 Psalm 68:25 : Psalm 47:5; 1 Chr 13:8; 15:16 Psalm 68:25 : Psalm 33:3 Psalm 68:25 : Exodus 15:20; Judg 11:34 Psalm 68:26 : Psalm 22:25; 26:12 Psalm 68:26 : Deut 33:28; Isa 48:1; Isa 51:1 Psalm 68:27 : 1 Sam 9:21 Psalm 68:27 : Judg 5:18 Psalm 68:28 : Psalm 42:8 Psalm 68:29 : Psalm 45:12; 76:11; 1 Kgs 10:10, 25; 2 Chr 32:23; Isa 18:7 Psalm 68:30 : Job 40:21; Isa 19:6; Ezek 29:3, 4; Ezek 32:2 Psalm 68:30 : Psalm 22:12 Psalm 68:30 : 2 Sam 8:2, 6 Psalm 68:31 : Isa 19:19, 21 Psalm 68:31 : Psalm 87:4; Isa 45:14; Zeph 3:10 Psalm 68:31 : Psalm 44:20 Psalm 68:32 : Psalm 102:22 Psalm 68:33 : Psalm 18:10; 104:3; Deut 33:26 Psalm 68:33 : Deut 10:14; 1 Kgs 8:27 Psalm 68:33 : Psalm 29:4; Psalm 46:6 Psalm 68:34 : Psalm 29:1 Psalm 68:34 : Psalm 150:1 Psalm 68:34 : Psalm 36:5; 57:10; 108:4 Psalm 68:35 : Psalm 65:5; Psalm 47:2 Psalm 68:35 : Psalm 110:2 Psalm 68:35 : Isa 40:29; Psalm 29:11




Your Throne, O God, Is Forever

To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Maskil[a] of(A) the Sons of Korah; a love song.

 1My heart overflows with a pleasing theme;
   I address my verses to the king;
   my tongue is like the pen of(B) a ready scribe.

 2You are(C) the most handsome of the sons of men;
   (D) grace is poured upon your lips;
   therefore God has blessed you forever. 3(E) Gird your(F) sword on your thigh, O(G) mighty one,
   in(H) your splendor and majesty!

 4In your majesty(I) ride out victoriously
   for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
   let your right hand teach you(J) awesome deeds! 5Your arrows are sharp
   in the heart of the king’s enemies;
   the peoples fall under you.

 6(K) Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.
   The(L) scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness;
 7(M) you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.Therefore(N) God, your God, has(O) anointed you
   with the oil of(P) gladness(Q) beyond your companions;
 8your robes are all fragrant with(R) myrrh and aloes and cassia.From ivory palaces(S) stringed instruments make you glad;
 9daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor;
   (T) at your right hand stands the queen in(U) gold of Ophir.

 10Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear:
   forget your people and your father’s house,
 11and the king will desire your beauty.Since he is your(V) lord,(W) bow to him.
 12The people[b] of Tyre will(X) seek your favor with(Y) gifts,
   (Z) the richest of the people.[c]

 13All glorious is(AA) the princess in her chamber, with robes interwoven with gold.
 14(AB) In many-colored robes(AC) she is led to the king,
   with her virgin companions following behind her. 15With joy and gladness they are led along
   as they enter the palace of the king.

 16In place of your fathers shall be your sons;
   you will make them(AD) princes in all the earth. 17(AE) I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations;
   therefore nations will praise you forever and ever.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

First Reading: Num. 21:10-35

The Song of the Well

 10And the people of Israel set out and(A) camped in Oboth. 11(B) And they set out from Oboth and camped at Iye-abarim, in the wilderness that is opposite Moab, toward the sunrise. 12From there they set out and camped in(C) the Valley of Zered. 13From there they set out and camped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness that extends from the border of the Amorites, for the(D) Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites. 14Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the LORD,
   "Waheb in Suphah, and the valleys of the Arnon, 15and the slope of the valleysthat extends to the seat of(E) Ar,and leans to the border of Moab."

 16And from there they continued(F) to Beer;[a] that is the well of which the LORD said to Moses, "Gather the people together, so that(G) I may give them water." 17Then Israel sang this song:
   "Spring up, O well!—Sing to it!— 18the well that the princes made,that the nobles of the people dug,with(H) the scepter and with their staffs."

   

   And from the wilderness they went on to Mattanah, 19and from Mattanah to Nahaliel, and from Nahaliel to Bamoth, 20and from Bamoth to the valley lying in the region of Moab by the top of Pisgah(I) that looks down on the desert.[b]

King Sihon Defeated

 21Then(J) Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, saying, 22(K) "Let me pass through your land. We will not turn aside into field or vineyard. We will not drink the water of a well. We will go by the King’s Highway until we have passed through your territory." 23(L) But Sihon would not allow Israel to pass through his territory. He gathered all his people together and went out against Israel to the wilderness and(M) came to Jahaz and fought against Israel. 24(N) And Israel defeated him with the edge of the sword and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the(O) Jabbok, as far as to the Ammonites, for the border of the Ammonites was strong. 25And Israel took all these cities, and Israel settled in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all its villages. 26For Heshbon was the city of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and taken all his land out of his hand, as far as the Arnon. 27Therefore the(P) ballad singers say,
   "Come to(Q) Heshbon, let it be built;
   let the city of Sihon be established. 28For(R) fire came out from(S) Heshbon,
   flame from the city of Sihon.It devoured(T) Ar of Moab,
   and swallowed[c] the heights of the Arnon. 29(U) Woe to you, O Moab!
   You are undone, O people of(V) Chemosh!He has made his sons fugitives,
   and his daughters captives,
   to an Amorite king, Sihon. 30So we overthrew them;
   Heshbon, as far as(W) Dibon, perished;
   and we laid waste as far as Nophah;
   fire spread as far as(X) Medeba."[d]

King Og Defeated

 31Thus Israel lived in the land of the Amorites. 32And Moses sent to spy out(Y) Jazer, and they captured its villages and dispossessed the Amorites who were there. 33Then they turned and went up by the way to Bashan. And Og the king of Bashan came out against them, he and all his people, to battle(Z) at Edrei. 34(AA) But the LORD said to Moses, "Do not fear him, for I have given him into your hand, and all his people, and his land. And(AB) you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon." 35So they defeated him and his sons and all his people, until he had no survivor left. And they possessed his land.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 104; Ps. 145

O LORD My God, You Are Very Great

 1(A) Bless the LORD, O my soul!
   O LORD my God, you are(B) very great!(C) You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
 2covering yourself with light as with a garment,
   (D) stretching out the heavens(E) like a tent. 3He(F) lays the beams of his(G) chambers on the waters;he makes(H) the clouds his chariot;
   he rides on(I) the wings of the wind; 4he(J) makes his messengers winds,
   his(K) ministers(L) a flaming fire.

 5He(M) set the earth on its foundations,
   so that it should never be moved. 6You(N) covered it with the deep as with a garment;
   the waters stood above the mountains. 7At(O) your rebuke they fled;
   at(P) the sound of your thunder they(Q) took to flight. 8The mountains rose, the valleys sank down
   to the place that you(R) appointed for them. 9You set(S) a boundary that they may not pass,
   so that they(T) might not again cover the earth.

 10You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
   they flow between the hills; 11they(U) give drink to every beast of the field;
   the wild donkeys quench their thirst. 12Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell;
   they sing among the branches. 13(V) From your lofty abode you(W) water the mountains;
   the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.

 14You cause(X) the grass to grow for the livestock
   and(Y) plants for man to cultivate,that he may bring forth(Z) food from the earth
 15and(AA) wine to gladden the heart of man,(AB) oil to make his face shine
   and bread to(AC) strengthen man’s heart.

 16The trees of the LORD are watered abundantly,
   (AD) the cedars of Lebanon(AE) that he planted. 17In them the birds build their nests;
   the stork has her home in the fir trees. 18The high mountains are for(AF) the wild goats;
   the rocks are a refuge for(AG) the rock badgers.

 19He made the moon to mark the(AH) seasons;[a]
   the sun knows its time for setting. 20(AI) You make darkness, and it is night,
   when all the beasts of the forest creep about. 21(AJ) The young lions roar for their prey,
   seeking their food from God. 22When the sun rises, they steal away
   and lie down in their(AK) dens. 23(AL) Man goes out to his work
   and to his labor until the evening.

 24O LORD, how manifold are your works!
   In(AM) wisdom have you made them all;
   the earth is full of your creatures. 25Here is the sea, great and wide,
   (AN) which teems with creatures innumerable,
   living things both small and great. 26There go the ships,
   and(AO) Leviathan, which you formed to(AP) play in it.[b]

 27These(AQ) all look to you,
   to(AR) give them their food in due season. 28When you give it to them, they gather it up;
   when you(AS) open your hand, they are filled with good things. 29When you(AT) hide your face, they are(AU) dismayed;
   when you(AV) take away their breath, they die
   and(AW) return to their dust. 30When you(AX) send forth your Spirit,[c] they are created,
   and you(AY) renew the face of the ground.

 31May the glory of the LORD(AZ) endure forever;
   may the LORD(BA) rejoice in his works, 32who looks on the earth and it(BB) trembles,
   who(BC) touches the mountains and they smoke! 33I will sing to the LORD(BD) as long as I live;
   I will sing praise to my God while I have being. 34May my(BE) meditation be pleasing to him,
   for I rejoice in the LORD. 35Let(BF) sinners be consumed from the earth,
   and let the wicked be no more!(BG) Bless the LORD, O my soul!(BH) Praise the LORD!

Footnotes:Psalm 104:19 Or the appointed times (compare Genesis 1:14) Psalm 104:26 Or you formed to play with Psalm 104:30 Or breath
Cross references:Psalm 104:1 : Psalm 103:1, 2, 22 Psalm 104:1 : 2 Sam 7:22 Psalm 104:1 : Psalm 93:1; Job 40:10; Job 37:22 Psalm 104:2 : Job 9:8 Psalm 104:2 : Isa 40:22 Psalm 104:3 : Amos 9:6 Psalm 104:3 : Psalms 42:13 Psalm 104:3 : Isa 19:1 Psalm 104:3 : Psalm 18:10; 2 Sam 22:11 Psalm 104:4 : Cited Heb 1:7; Psalm 148:8 Psalm 104:4 : Psalm 103:21 Psalm 104:4 : 2 Kgs 1:10; 2:11 Psalm 104:5 : Psalm 24:2; 89:11; 136:6; Job 38:4 Psalm 104:6 : Gen 7:19 Psalm 104:7 : Psalm 18:15; Psalm 106:9; Gen 1:9; 8:1, 5; Matt 8:26 Psalm 104:7 : Psalm 77:18 Psalm 104:7 : Psalm 48:5 Psalm 104:8 : Job 38:8, 10, 11 Psalm 104:9 : Job 26:10 Psalm 104:9 : Gen 9:11-16 Psalm 104:11 : Psalms 42:13 Psalm 104:13 : Psalms 42:3 Psalm 104:13 : Psalm 65:9; 147:8; Deut 11:11; Job 5:10; Jer 10:13; 14:22 Psalm 104:14 : Psalm 147:8, 9 Psalm 104:14 : Gen 1:11, 29, 30; 3:18; 9:3 Psalm 104:14 : Job 28:5; Psalm 136:25; 147:9 Psalm 104:15 : Judg 9:13; Eccles 10:19; Prov 31:6, 7 Psalm 104:15 : Psalm 23:5; Judg 9:9 Psalm 104:15 : Gen 18:5 Psalm 104:16 : Judg 9:15 Psalm 104:16 : Num 24:6 Psalm 104:18 : Job 39:1 Psalm 104:18 : Lev 11:5; Prov 30:26 Psalm 104:19 : Gen 1:14; Lev 23:4 Psalm 104:20 : Isa 45:7 Psalm 104:21 : Job 38:39 Psalm 104:22 : Job 37:8 Psalm 104:23 : Gen 3:19 Psalm 104:24 : Prov 3:19 Psalm 104:25 : Psalm 69:34 Psalm 104:26 : Job 41:1 Psalm 104:26 : Job 40:20 Psalm 104:27 : Psalm 145:15 Psalm 104:27 : Psalms 42:14; Job 36:31 Psalm 104:28 : Psalm 145:16 Psalm 104:29 : Psalm 30:7; Deut 31:17 Psalm 104:29 : Job 23:15 Psalm 104:29 : Job 34:14 Psalm 104:29 : Job 10:9 Psalm 104:30 : Job 33:4 Psalm 104:30 : Rev 21:5 Psalm 104:31 : Psalm 72:17 Psalm 104:31 : Gen 1:31; Prov 8:31 Psalm 104:32 : Hab 3:10 Psalm 104:32 : Psalm 144:5; Exodus 19:18; Amos 9:5 Psalm 104:33 : Psalm 63:4 Psalm 104:34 : Job 15:4 Psalm 104:35 : Psalm 37:38 Psalm 104:35 : Psalms 42:1 Psalm 104:35 : Psalm 105:45; 106:48; 113:9; 150:6




Great Is the LORD

[a] A Song of Praise. Of David.

 1(A) I will extol you, my God and(B) King,
   and bless your name forever and ever. 2Every day I will bless you
   (C) and praise your name forever and ever. 3(D) Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised,
   and his(E) greatness is unsearchable.

 4(F) One generation shall commend your works to another,
   and shall declare your mighty acts. 5On(G) the glorious splendor of your majesty,
   and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. 6They shall speak of(H) the might of your awesome deeds,
   and I will declare your greatness. 7They shall pour forth the fame of your(I) abundant goodness
   and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

 8The LORD is(J) gracious and merciful,
   slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9The LORD is(K) good to all,
   and his mercy is over all that he has made.

 10(L) All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD,
   and all your(M) saints shall bless you! 11They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
   and tell of your power, 12to(N) make known to the children of man your[b](O) mighty deeds,
   and(P) the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 13(Q) Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
   and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

   

   [The LORD is faithful in all his words
   and kind in all his works.][c] 14The LORD(R) upholds all who are falling
   and(S) raises up all who are bowed down. 15The eyes of all(T) look to you,
   and you give them their food in due season. 16You(U) open your hand;
   you(V) satisfy the desire of every living thing. 17The LORD is(W) righteous in all his ways
   and(X) kind in all his works. 18The LORD is(Y) near to all who call on him,
   to all who call on him(Z) in truth. 19He(AA) fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
   he also(AB) hears their cry and saves them. 20The LORD(AC) preserves all who love him,
   but all the wicked he will destroy.

 21My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD,
   and(AD) let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

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Second Reading: Lk. 21:20-38

Jesus Foretells Destruction of Jerusalem

 20"But(A) when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that(B) its desolation has come near. 21Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it, 22for these are(C) days of(D) vengeance, to fulfill(E) all that is written. 23(F) Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and(G) wrath against this people. 24They will fall by the edge of the sword and(H) be led captive among all nations, and(I) Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles,(J) until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

The Coming of the Son of Man

 25"And(K) there will be signs in sun and moon(L) and stars, and on the earth(M) distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For(N) the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27And then they will see(O) the Son of Man coming in a cloud(P) with power and great glory. 28Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and(Q) raise your heads, because(R) your redemption is drawing near."

The Lesson of the Fig Tree

 29And he told them a parable: "Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30As soon as they come out in leaf, you see(S) for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. 31So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32(T) Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. 33(U) Heaven and earth will pass away, but(V) my words will not pass away.

Watch Yourselves

 34"But watch yourselves(W) lest(X) your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and(Y) cares of this life, and(Z) that day come upon you suddenly(AA) like a trap. 35For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36But(AB) stay awake at all times,(AC) praying that you may(AD) have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and(AE) to stand before the Son of Man."

 37And(AF) every day he was teaching in the temple, but(AG) at night he went out and lodged on(AH) the mount called Olivet. 38And early in the morning(AI) all the people came to him in the temple to hear him.

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