Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea, a path
in the mighty waters,
who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior; they
lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished,
quenched like a wick:
Do not remember the former things, or consider the
things of old.
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do
you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
The wild animals will honor me, the jackals and the
ostriches; for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in
the desert, to give drink to my chosen people,
the people whom I formed for myself so that they might
declare my praise.
When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were
like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue
with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations,
"The LORD has done great things for them."
The LORD has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like the watercourses in
May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their
If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh,
I have more:
circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of
Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of
Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee;
as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to
righteousness under the law, blameless.
Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as
loss because of Christ.
More than that, I regard everything as loss because of
the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and
I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain
and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my
own that comes from the law, but one that comes through
faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection
and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him
in his death,
if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained this or have already
reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own,
because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own;
but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and
straining forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly
call of God in Christ Jesus.
Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the
home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.
There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and
Lazarus was one of those at the table with him.
Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard,
anointed Jesus' feet, and wiped them with her hair. The
house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who
was about to betray him), said,
"Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred
denarii and the money given to the poor?"
(He said this not because he cared about the poor, but
because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and
used to steal what was put into it.)
Jesus said, "Leave her alone. She bought it so that
she might keep it for the day of my burial.
You always have the poor with you, but you do not always