23:1 Now these are the last words of David: The oracle of David,
son of Jesse, the oracle of the man whom God exalted, the anointed
of the God of Jacob, the favorite of the Strong One of Israel:
The spirit of the LORD speaks through me, his word is upon my
The God of Israel has spoken, the Rock of Israel has said to me:
One who rules over people justly, ruling in the fear of God,
is like the light of morning, like the sun rising on a cloudless
morning, gleaming from the rain on the grassy land.
Is not my house like this with God? For he has made with me an
everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and secure. Will he
not cause to prosper all my help and my desire?
But the godless are all like thorns that are thrown away; for they
cannot be picked up with the hand;
to touch them one uses an iron bar or the shaft of a spear. And
they are entirely consumed in fire on the spot.
132:1 O LORD, remember in David's favor all the hardships he
how he swore to the LORD and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
"I will not enter my house or get into my bed;
I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids,
until I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling place for the Mighty
One of Jacob."
We heard of it in Ephrathah; we found it in the fields of Jaar.
"Let us go to his dwelling place; let us worship at his
Rise up, O LORD, and go to your resting place, you and the ark of
Let your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let your
faithful shout for joy.
For your servant David's sake do not turn away the face of your
The LORD swore to David a sure oath from which he will not turn
back: "One of the sons of your body I will set on your
If your sons keep my covenant and my decrees that I shall teach
them, their sons also, forevermore, shall sit on your
For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his
1:4b Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is
to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne,
and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the
dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us
and freed us from our sins by his blood,
and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father,
to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even
those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the
earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen.
"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, who
is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.
18:33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus,
and asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?"
Jesus answered, "Do you ask this on your own, or did others
tell you about me?"
Pilate replied, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and
the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you
Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not from this world. If my
kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to
keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my
kingdom is not from here."
Pilate asked him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered,
"You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this
I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who
belongs to the truth listens to my voice."