You assist those who delight in doing what is right, who observe your commandments. Look, you were angry because we violated them continually. How then can we be saved?
You must make for me an altar made of earth, and you will sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your cattle. In every place where I cause my name to be honored I will come to you and I will bless you.
I will meet with you there, and from above the atonement lid, from between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you about all that I will command you for the Israelites.
"This will be a regular burnt offering throughout your generations at the entrance of the tent of meeting before the Lord, where I will meet with you to speak to you there.
"You are to put it in front of the curtain that is before the ark of the testimony (before the atonement lid that is over the testimony), where I will meet you.
The Lord always proves faithful and reliable to those who follow the demands of his covenant.
Yes, we are consumed by your anger; we are terrified by your wrath.
But the Lord continually shows loyal love to his faithful followers, and is faithful to their descendants,
Praise the Lord! How blessed is the one who obeys the Lord, who takes great delight in keeping his commands.
Yes, as your judgments unfold, O Lord, we wait for you. We desire your fame and reputation to grow.
This is what the Lord says, "Promote justice! Do what is right! For I am ready to deliver you; I am ready to vindicate you openly.
But they rebelled and offended his holy Spirit, so he turned into an enemy and fought against them.
I have indeed heard the people of Israel say mournfully, 'We were like a calf untrained to the yoke. You disciplined us and we learned from it. Let us come back to you and we will do so, for you are the Lord our God.
So let us acknowledge him! Let us seek to acknowledge the Lord! He will come to our rescue as certainly as the appearance of the dawn, as certainly as the winter rain comes, as certainly as the spring rain that waters the land."
How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboiim? I have had a change of heart! All my tender compassions are aroused!
"Since, I, the Lord, do not go back on my promises, you, sons of Jacob, have not perished.
He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was all his household; he did many acts of charity for the people and prayed to God regularly.
but in every nation the person who fears him and does what is right is welcomed before him.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this. Instead I am single-minded: Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead,