Psalm 97 and 2 Corinthians 1:1–11

Take 3 minutes today to 
Pray...Read...Sit in Silence...Read...Pray 
Every Monday through Friday you will find two of the lectionary texts for the day. 
Choose one or read both. Enjoy.


1   The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice; 
          let the many coastlands be glad! 
2   Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; 
          righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 
3   Fire goes before him, 
          and consumes his adversaries on every side. 
4   His lightnings light up the world; 
          the earth sees and trembles. 
5   The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, 
          before the Lord of all the earth.

6   The heavens proclaim his righteousness; 
          and all the peoples behold his glory. 
7   All worshipers of images are put to shame, 
          those who make their boast in worthless idols; 
          all gods bow down before him. 
8   Zion hears and is glad, 
          and the towns of Judah rejoice, 
          because of your judgments, O God. 
9   For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth; 
          you are exalted far above all gods.

10  The LORD loves those who hate evil; 
          he guards the lives of his faithful; 
          he rescues them from the hand of the wicked. 
11  Light dawns for the righteous, 
          and joy for the upright in heart. 
12  Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous, 
          and give thanks to his holy name!



1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 


To the church of God that is in Corinth, including all the saints throughout Achaia: 


2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 


3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, 4who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. 5For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. 6If we are being afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are being consoled, it is for your consolation, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are also suffering. 7Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation. 


8We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, of the affliction we experienced in Asia; for we were so utterly, unbearably crushed that we despaired of life itself. 9Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death so that we would rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. 10He who rescued us from so deadly a peril will continue to rescue us; on him we have set our hope that he will rescue us again, 11as you also join in helping us by your prayers, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.


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