1 LORD, you have examined me and you know me.
2 You know everything I do;
from far away you understand all my thoughts.
3 You see me, whether I am working or resting;
you know all my actions.
4 Even before I speak, you already know what I will say.
5 You are all around me on every side;
you protect me with your power.
6 Your knowledge of me is too deep;
it is beyond my understanding.
7 Where could I go to escape from you?
Where could I get away from your presence?
8 If I went up to heaven, you would be there;
if I lay down in the world of the dead, you would be there.
9 If I flew away beyond the east or lived in the farthest place in the west,
10 you would be there to lead me, you would be there to help me.
11 I could ask the darkness to hide me or the light around me to turn into night,
12 but even darkness is not dark for you,
and the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.
13 You created every part of me;
you put me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you because you are to be feared;
all you do is strange and wonderful.
I know it with all my heart.
15 When my bones were being formed,
carefully put together in my mother's womb,
when I was growing there in secret,
you knew that I was there--
16 you saw me before I was born.
The days allotted to me had all been recorded in your book,
before any of them ever began.
17 O God, how difficult I find your thoughts; how many of them there are!
18 If I counted them, they would be more than the grains of sand.
When I awake, I am still with you.
19 O God, how I wish you would kill the wicked!
How I wish violent men would leave me alone!
20 They say wicked things about you;
they speak evil things against your name.
21 O LORD, how I hate those who hate you!
How I despise those who rebel against you!
22 I hate them with a total hatred;
I regard them as my enemies.
23 Examine me, O God, and know my mind;
test me, and discover my thoughts.
24 Find out if there is any evil in me and guide me in the everlasting way.
1 Be merciful to me, O God, because of your constant love.
Because of your great mercy wipe away my sins!
2 Wash away all my evil and make me clean from my sin!
3 I recognize my faults;
I am always conscious of my sins.
4 I have sinned against you--
only against you-- and done what you consider evil.
So you are right in judging me;
you are justified in condemning me.
5 I have been evil from the day I was born;
from the time I was conceived, I have been sinful.
1 When the day of Pentecost came,
all the believers were gathered together in one place.
2 Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded
like a strong wind blowing,
and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3 Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire
which spread out and touched each person there.
4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk
in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak. ...
22 "Listen to these words, fellow Israelites!
Jesus of Nazareth was a man whose divine authority
was clearly proven to you by all the miracles and wonders
which God performed through him.
You yourselves know this, for it happened here among you.
23 In accordance with his own plan God had already decided that
Jesus would be handed over to you;
and you killed him by letting sinful men crucify him.
24 But God raised him from death, setting him free from its power,
because it was impossible that death should hold him prisoner.
25 For David said about him, 'I saw the Lord before me at all times;
he is near me, and I will not be troubled.
26 And so I am filled with gladness, and my words are full of joy.
And I, mortal though I am, will rest assured in hope,
27 because you will not abandon me in the world of the dead;
you will not allow your faithful servant to rot in the grave.
28 You have shown me the paths that lead to life,
and your presence will fill me with joy.'
8 Since we have died with Christ,
we believe that we will also live with him.
9 For we know that Christ has been raised from death and will never
die again--death will no longer rule over him.
10 And so, because he died, sin has no power over him;
and now he lives his life in fellowship with God.
11 In the same way you are to think of yourselves as dead,
so far as sin is concerned,
but living in fellowship with God through Christ Jesus.
12 Sin must no longer rule in your mortal bodies,
so that you obey the desires of your natural self.
13 Nor must you surrender any part of yourselves to sin to be used for wicked purposes.
Instead, give yourselves to God,
as those who have been brought from death to life,
and surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes.
14 Sin must not be your master;
for you do not live under law but under God's grace.
10 But if Christ lives in you, the Spirit is life for you
because you have been put right with God, even though your bodies
are going to die because of sin.
11 If the Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from death, lives in you,
then he who raised Christ from death will also give life to your mortal
bodies by the presence of his Spirit in you.
12 So then, my brothers, we have an obligation,
but it is not to live as our human nature wants us to.
13 For if you live according to your human nature, you are going to die;
but if by the Spirit you put to death your sinful actions,
you will live.
14 Those who are led by God's Spirit are God's sons.
15 For the Spirit that God has given you
does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid;
instead, the Spirit makes you God's children,
and by the Spirit's power we cry out to God, "Father! my Father!"
16 God's Spirit joins himself to our spirits to declare that
we are God's children.
17 Since we are his children, we will possess the blessings he keeps
for his people, and we will also possess with Christ
what God has kept for him;
for if we share Christ's suffering,
we will also share his glory. ...
22 For we know that up to the present time all of creation groans
with pain, like the pain of childbirth.
23 But it is not just creation alone which groans;
we who have the Spirit as the first of God's gifts also groan
as we wait for God to make us his sons and set our whole being free.
24 For it was by hope that we were saved;
but if we see what we hope for, then it is not really hope.
For who hopes for something he sees?
25 But if we hope for what we do not see,
we wait for it with patience.
26 In the same way the Spirit also comes to help us, weak as we are.
For we do not know how we ought to pray;
the Spirit himself pleads with God for us in groans that words cannot express.
27 And God, who sees into our hearts,
knows what the thought of the Spirit is;
because the Spirit pleads with God on behalf of his people
and in accordance with his will.
28 We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him,
those whom he has called according to his purpose.
1 Happy are those whose sins are forgiven, whose wrongs are pardoned.
2 Happy is the man whom the LORD does not accuse of doing wrong and who is free from all deceit.
3 When I did not confess my sins,
I was worn out from crying all day long.
4 Day and night you punished me, LORD;
my strength was completely drained,
as moisture is dried up by the summer heat.
5 Then I confessed my sins to you;
I did not conceal my wrongdoings.
I decided to confess them to you,
and you forgave all my sins.
6 So all your loyal people should pray to you in times of need;
when a great flood of trouble comes rushing in, it will not reach them.
7 You are my hiding place;
you will save me from trouble.
I sing aloud of your salvation, because you protect me.
8 The LORD says, "I will teach you the way you should go;
I will instruct you and advise you.
9 Don't be stupid like a horse or a mule, which must be controlled
with a bit and bridle to make it submit."
10 The wicked will have to suffer,
but those who trust in the LORD are protected by his constant love.
11 You that are righteous, be glad and rejoice because of what
the LORD has done. You that obey him,
shout for joy!
1 There is no condemnation now for those who live in union with Christ Jesus.
2 For the law of the Spirit,
which brings us life in union with Christ Jesus,
has set me free from the law of sin and death.
1 What shall we say, then?
Should we continue to live in sin so that God's grace will increase?
2 Certainly not!
We have died to sin--how then can we go on living in it?
3 For surely you know that when we were baptized into union with Christ Jesus,
we were baptized into union with his death.
4 By our baptism, then, we were buried with him and shared his death,
in order that, just as Christ was raised from death
by the glorious power of the Father, so also we might live a new life.
2 Corinthians 5
20 Here we are, then, speaking for Christ, as though God himself
were making his appeal through us.
We plead on Christ's behalf:
let God change you from enemies into his friends!
21 Christ was without sin,
but for our sake God made him share our sin
in order that in union with him
we might share the righteousness of God.
6 what the scripture says about being put right with God through faith is
this: "You are not to ask yourself,
Who will go up into heaven?"
(that is, to bring Christ down).
7 "Nor are you to ask,
Who will go down into the world below?"
(that is, to bring Christ up from death).
8 What it says is this:
"God's message is near you, on your lips and in your heart"
--that is, the message of faith that we preach.
9 If you confess that Jesus is Lord
and believe that God raised him from death,
you will be saved.
10 For it is by our faith that we are put right with God;
it is by our confession that we are saved.
11 The scripture says,
"Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed."
12 This includes everyone,
because there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles;
God is the same Lord of all and richly blesses all who call to him.