My soul clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me.
You have also given me the shield of Your salvation,
And Your right hand upholds me;
And Your gentleness makes me great.
Then he said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking.” But he said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
Every work which he began in the service of the house of God in law and in commandment, seeking his God, he did with all his heart and prospered.
When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong,
Because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.
As for me, You uphold me in my integrity,
And You set me in Your presence forever.
Nevertheless I am continually with You;
You have taken hold of my right hand.
Whom have I in heaven but You?
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
If I should say, “My foot has slipped,”
Your lovingkindness, O Lord, will hold me up.
I stretch out my hands to You;
My soul longs for You, as a parched land. Selah.
“Let his left hand be under my head
And his right hand embrace me.”
‘I must arise now and go about the city;
In the streets and in the squares
I must seek him whom my soul loves.’
I sought him but did not find him.
At night my soul longs for You,
Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently;
For when the earth experiences Your judgments
The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
“Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold;
My chosen one in whom My soul delights.
I have put My Spirit upon Him;
He will bring forth justice to the nations.
From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.
“Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.’”
So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;
For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.