verses compose a poem that is part of a larger collection of wisdom sayings
(17:5-11) that contrast two ways of life. Life with God brings blessing; the
power and vitality of God is active in our life. Life without God brings a
curse, the power of death.
says the Lord:
Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals
and make mere flesh their strength,
whose hearts turn away from the Lord.
6They shall be like a shrub in the desert,
and shall not see when relief comes.
They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness,
in an uninhabited salt land.
7Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
8They shall be like a tree planted by water,
sending out its roots by the stream.
It shall not fear when heat comes,
and its leaves shall stay green;
in the year of drought it is not anxious,
and it does not cease to bear fruit.
9The heart is devious above all else;
it is perverse—
who can understand it?
10I the Lord test the mind
and search the heart,
to give to all according to their ways,
according to the fruit of their doings.
are like trees planted by streams of water. (Ps. 1:3)
are they who have not walked in the counsel | of the
nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats | of the scornful!
2Their delight is in the law | of the Lord,
and they meditate on God’s teaching | day and night. R
3They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that | do not wither;
everything they | do shall prosper.
4It is not so | with the wicked;
they are like chaff which the wind | blows away.
5Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when | judgment comes,
nor the sinner in the council | of the righteous.
6For the Lord knows the way | of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked shall | be destroyed. R
Paul, the resurrection of Christ is the basis for Christian hope. Because Christ
has been raised, those who are in Christ know that they too will be raised to a
new life beyond death.
if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there
is no resurrection of the dead? 13If there is no resurrection of the
dead, then Christ has not been raised; 14and if Christ has not been
raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. 15We
are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he
raised Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not
raised. 16For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been
raised. 17If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you
are still in your sins. 18Then those also who have died in Christ
have perished. 19If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we
are of all people most to be pitied.
20But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.
choosing his twelve apostles, Jesus teaches a crowd of followers about the
nature and demands of discipleship. He begins his great sermon with surprising
statements about who is truly blessed in the eyes of God.
came down with [the twelve] and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of
his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the
coast of Tyre and Sidon.18They had come to hear him and to be healed
of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19And
all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and
healed all of them.
20Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
21“Blessed are you who are hungry now,
for you will be filled.
“Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
22“Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. 23Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.
24“But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.
25“Woe to you who are full now,
for you will be hungry.
“Woe to you who are laughing now,
for you will mourn and weep.
26“Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.”
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