This is my comfort in my affliction,
That Your word has revived me.
For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart exults,
And with my song I shall thank Him.
The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime;
And His song will be with me in the night,
A prayer to the God of my life.
Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.
Your words were found and I ate them,
And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;
For I have been called by Your name,
O Lord God of hosts.
When my anxious thoughts multiply within me,
Your consolations delight my soul.
My soul cleaves to the dust;
Revive me according to Your word.
So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;
In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath,
All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,