When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong,
Because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.
The Lord sustains all who fall
And raises up all who are bowed down.
For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again,
But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
If I should say, “My foot has slipped,”
Your lovingkindness, O Lord, will hold me up.
But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord;
I will wait for the God of my salvation.
My God will hear me.
And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed—
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat;
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;
For the arms of the wicked will be broken,
But the Lord sustains the righteous.
They will bear you up in their hands,
That you do not strike your foot against a stone.
The Lord supports the afflicted;
He brings down the wicked to the ground.
But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed.