the LORD appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued to extend faithful love to you.
I led them with human cords, with ropes of kindness. To them I was like one who eases the yoke from their jaws; I bent down to give them food.
No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day.
As for Me, if I am lifted up from the earth I will draw all [people] to Myself."
So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
For it is God who is working in you, [enabling you] both to will and to act for His good purpose.
I pursue the way of Your commands, for You broaden my understanding.
I hurried, not hesitating to keep Your commands.
Therefore since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and run with endurance the race that lies before us,
Like an apricot tree among the trees of the forest, so is my love among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste.
He brought me to the banquet hall, and he looked on me with love.
Sustain me with raisins; refresh me with apricots, for I am lovesick.
I had just passed them when I found the one I love. I held on to him and would not let him go until I brought him to my mother's house-- to the chamber of the one who conceived me.
In colorful garments she is led to the king; after her, the virgins, her companions, are brought to you.
They are led in with gladness and rejoicing; they enter the king's palace.
"When they had gone to buy some, the groom arrived. Then those who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet, and the door was shut.
In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you.
If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.
He also raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavens, in Christ Jesus,
we will be
Shout to the LORD, all the earth; be jubilant, shout for joy, and sing.
Sing to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and melodious song.
With trumpets and the blast of the ram's horn shout triumphantly in the presence of the LORD, our King.
Let the sea and all that fills it, the world and those who live in it, resound.
Let the rivers clap their hands; let the mountains shout together for joy
before the LORD, for He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world righteously and the peoples fairly.
Let Israel celebrate its Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King.
He will destroy death forever. The Lord God will wipe away the tears from every face and remove His people's disgrace from the whole earth, for the LORD has spoken.
All the descendants of Israel will be justified and find glory through the LORD.
to provide for those who mourn in Zion; to give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, festive oil instead of mourning, and splendid clothes instead of despair. And they will be called righteous trees, planted by the LORD, to glorify Him.
Sing for joy, Daughter Zion; shout loudly, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all [your] heart, Daughter Jerusalem!
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
But the angel said to them, "Don't be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people:
For we are the circumcision, the ones who serve by the Spirit of God, boast in Christ Jesus, and do not put confidence in the flesh--
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy,
Oh, that he would kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is more delightful than wine.
I remember this as I pour out my heart: how I walked with many, leading the festive procession to the house of God, with joyful and thankful shouts.
God, within Your temple, we contemplate Your faithful love.
You satisfy me as with rich food; my mouth will praise You with joyful lips.
[Davidic.] My soul, praise the LORD, and all that is within me, praise His holy name.
My soul, praise the LORD, and do not forget all His benefits.
He has caused His wonderful works to be remembered. The LORD is gracious and compassionate.
I will make known the LORD's faithful love [and] the LORD's praiseworthy acts, because of all the LORD has done for us-- even the many good things [He has done] for the house of Israel and has done for them based on His compassions and the abundance of His faithful love.
And He took bread, gave thanks, broke it, gave it to them, and said, "This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me."
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: on the night when He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread,
gave thanks, broke it, and said, "This is My body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me."
In the same way [He] also [took] the cup, after supper, and said, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes.
the upright love thee
The fragrance of your perfume is intoxicating; your name is perfume poured out. No wonder young women adore you.
When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said to Him, "You know that I love You." "Feed My lambs," He told him.
A second time He asked him, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" "Yes, Lord," he said to Him, "You know that I love You." "Shepherd My sheep," He told him.
He asked him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, "Do you love Me?" He said, "Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You." "Feed My sheep," Jesus said.
Grace be with all who have undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ.