63:7 I will recount the
gracious deeds of the LORD, the praiseworthy acts of the LORD,
because of all that the LORD has done for us, and the great favor
to the house of Israel that he has shown them according to his
mercy, according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
For he said, "Surely they are my people, children who will
not deal falsely"; and he became their savior
in all their distress. It was no messenger or angel but his
presence that saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed
them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
148:1 Praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host!
Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded and they
He established them forever and ever; he fixed their bounds, which
cannot be passed.
Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command!
Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!
Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds!
Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the
Young men and women alike, old and young together!
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is
exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.
He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his
faithful, for the people of Israel who are close to him. Praise
2:10 It was fitting
that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing
many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation
perfect through sufferings.
For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have
one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them
brothers and sisters,
saying, "I will proclaim your name to my brothers and
sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you."
And again, "I will put my trust in him." And again,
"Here am I and the children whom God has given me."
Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself
likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might
destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,
and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the
fear of death.
For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the
descendants of Abraham.
Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every
respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest
in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the
sins of the people.
Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to
help those who are being tested.
2:13 Now after they had
left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,
"Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt,
and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search
for the child, to destroy him."
Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and
went to Egypt,
and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill
what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, "Out of
Egypt I have called my son."
When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was
infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around
Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time
that he had learned from the wise men.
Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet
"A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled,
because they are no more."
When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream
to Joseph in Egypt and said,
"Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of
Israel, for those who were seeking the child's life are
Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the
land of Israel.
But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of
his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being
warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee.
There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had
been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, "He will
be called a Nazorean."