My soul pursues you; your right hand upholds me.
You give me your protective shield; your right hand supports me; your willingness to help enables me to prevail.
Then the man said, "Let me go, for the dawn is breaking." "I will not let you go," Jacob replied, "unless you bless me."
He wholeheartedly and successfully reinstituted service in God's temple and obedience to the law, in order to follow his God.
As for me, you uphold me because of my integrity; you allow me permanent access to your presence.
I spread my hands out to you in prayer; my soul thirsts for you in a parched land.
"I will arise and look all around throughout the town, and throughout the streets and squares; I will search for my beloved." I searched for him but I did not find him.
I look for you during the night, my spirit within me seeks you at dawn, for when your judgments come upon the earth, those who live in the world learn about justice.
Don't be afraid, for I am with you! Don't be frightened, for I am your God! I strengthen you -- yes, I help you -- yes, I uphold you with my saving right hand!
"Here is my servant whom I support, my chosen one in whom I take pleasure. I have placed my spirit on him; he will make just decrees for the nations.
From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and forceful people lay hold of it.
"Exert every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.
yet because this widow keeps on bothering me, I will give her justice, or in the end she will wear me out by her unending pleas.'"
So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence,