‘ 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.
For the choir director; upon Aijeleth Hashshahar. A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.
Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.
For You are the God of my strength; why have You rejected me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
Will the Lord reject forever? And will He never be favorable again?
Wisdom shouts in the street, She lifts her voice in the square;
On top of the heights beside the way, Where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
“ Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts.
“I arose to open to my beloved; And my hands dripped with myrrh, And my fingers with liquid myrrh, On the handles of the bolt.
There is no one who calls on Your name, Who arouses himself to take hold of You; For You have hidden Your face from us And have delivered us into the power of our iniquities.
“ Roam to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, And look now and take note. And seek in her open squares, If you can find a man, If there is one who does justice, who seeks truth, Then I will pardon her.
And He *came to the disciples and *found them sleeping, and *said to Peter, “So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour?
And the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the head of the household became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’
There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.
Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.
Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
For this reason it says, “ Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.”