How Shall We Sing the Lord’s Song?

Psalm 137:1–7 (ESV)

By the waters of Babylon,

there we sat down and wept,

when we remembered Zion.

On the willows there

we hung up our lyres.

For there our captors

required of us songs,

and our tormentors, mirth, saying,

“Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

How shall we sing the Lord’s song

in a foreign land?

If I forget you, O Jerusalem,

let my right hand forget its skill!

Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,

if I do not remember you,

if I do not set Jerusalem

above my highest joy!

Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites

the day of Jerusalem,

how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare,

down to its foundations!”

 

Proverbs 14

Proverbs 14 (ESV)

1 The wisest of women builds her house,

but folly with her own hands tears it down.

Proverbs 14:3 (ESV)

By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back,

but the lips of the wise will preserve them.

Proverbs 14:6 (ESV)

A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,

but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.

Proverbs 14:17 (ESV)

17  A man of quick temper acts foolishly,

and a man of evil devices is hated.

Proverbs 14:21 (ESV)

21  Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner,

but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.

Proverbs 14:23 (ESV)

23  In all toil there is profit,

but mere talk tends only to poverty.

Proverbs 14:27 (ESV)

27  The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,

that one may turn away from the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:29 (ESV)

29  Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,

but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

Proverbs 14:31 (ESV)

31  Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,

but he who is generous to the needy honors him.

Proverbs 14:34 (ESV)

34  Righteousness exalts a nation,

but sin is a reproach to any people.

 

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge

Proverbs 12:1 (ESV)

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,

but he who hates reproof is stupid.

Proverbs 12:2 (ESV)

A good man obtains favor from the Lord,

but a man of evil devices he condemns.

Proverbs 12:4 (ESV)

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,

but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.

Proverbs 12:6 (ESV)

The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,

but the mouth of the upright delivers them.

Proverbs 12:11 (ESV)

11  Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,

but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.

Proverbs 12:15 (ESV)

15  The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,

but a wise man listens to advice.

Proverbs 12:16 (ESV)

16  The vexation of a fool is known at once,

but the prudent ignores an insult.

Proverbs 12:19 (ESV)

19  Truthful lips endure forever,

but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Proverbs 12:22 (ESV)

22  Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,

but those who act faithfully are his delight.

Proverbs 12:23 (ESV)

23  A prudent man conceals knowledge,

but the heart of fools proclaims folly.

Proverbs 12:25 (ESV)

25  Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,

but a good word makes him glad.

The LORD Has Chosen Zion

Psalm 132:1–5 (ESV)

Remember, O Lord, in David’s favor,

all the hardships he endured,

how he swore to the Lord

and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,

“I will not enter my house

or get into my bed,

I will not give sleep to my eyes

or slumber to my eyelids,

until I find a place for the Lord,

a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Psalm 132:12 (ESV)

12  If your sons keep my covenant

and my testimonies that I shall teach them,

their sons also forever

shall sit on your throne.”

Psalm 132:13–15 (ESV)

13  For the Lord has chosen Zion;

he has desired it for his dwelling place:

14  “This is my resting place forever;

here I will dwell, for I have desired it.

15  I will abundantly bless her provisions;

I will satisfy her poor with bread.

Psalm 132:18 (ESV)

18  His enemies I will clothe with shame,

but on him his crown will shine.”