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1 [Song Psalm Of the sons of Korah In sickness In suffering Poem For Heman the native-born] Yahweh, God of my salvation, when I cry out to you in the night,

2 may my prayer reach your presence, hear my cry for help.

3 For I am filled with misery, my life is on the brink of Sheol;

4 already numbered among those who sink into oblivion, I am as one bereft of strength,

5 left alone among the dead, like the slaughtered lying in the grave, whom you remember no more, cut off as they are from your protection.

6 You have plunged me to the bottom of the grave, in the darkness, in the depths;

7 weighted down by your anger, kept low by your waves.

8 You have deprived me of my friends, made me repulsive to them, imprisoned, with no escape;

9 my eyes are worn out with suffering. I call to you, Yahweh, all day, I stretch out my hands to you.

10 Do you work wonders for the dead, can shadows rise up to praise you?

11 Do they speak in the grave of your faithful love, of your constancy in the place of perdition?

12 Are your wonders known in the darkness, your saving justice in the land of oblivion?

13 But, for my part, I cry to you, Yahweh, every morning my prayer comes before you;

14 why, Yahweh, do you rebuff me, turn your face away from me?

15 Wretched and close to death since childhood, I have borne your terrors -- I am finished!

16 Your anger has overwhelmed me, your terrors annihilated me.

17 They flood around me all day long, close in on me all at once.

18 You have deprived me of friends and companions, and all that I know is the dark.


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February 21st, 2017

Reading 1, Sirach 2:1-11: 1 My child, if you aspire to serve the Lord, prepare yourself ... Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40: 3 Put your trust in Yahweh and do ... Gospel, Mark 9:30-37: 30 After leaving that place they made their way through Galilee; and ... continue reading

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The New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) is a Catholic translation of the Bible published in 1985. The New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) has become the most widely used Roman Catholic Bible outside of the United States. It has the imprimatur of Cardinal George Basil Hume.

Like its predecessor, the Jerusalem Bible, the New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) version is translated "directly from the Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic." The 1973 French translation, the Bible de Jerusalem, is followed only "where the text admits to more than one interpretation." Introductions and notes, with some modifications, are taken from the Bible de Jerusalem.

Source: The Very Reverend Dom (Joseph) Henry Wansbrough, OSB, MA (Oxon), STL (Fribourg), LSS (Rome), a monk of Ampleforth Abbey and a biblical scholar. He was General Editor of the New Jerusalem Bible. "New Jerusalem Bible, Regular Edition", pg. v.

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Daily Readings

Reading 1, Sirach 2:1-11
1 My child, if you aspire to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for an ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40
3 Put your trust in Yahweh and do right, make your home in the land and ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 9:30-37
30 After leaving that place they made their way through Galilee; and he ... Read More

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