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says the LORD.''
9 Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the LORD said to me,
''Now I have put my words in your mouth.
10 See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms,
to pluck up and to pull down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.''
|1||In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge; *|
|let me never be ashamed.|
|2||In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free; *|
|incline your ear to me and save me.|
|3||Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; *|
|you are my crag and my stronghold.|
|4||Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, *|
|from the clutches of the evildoer and the oppressor.|
|5||For you are my hope, O LORD God, *|
|my confidence since I was young.|
|6||I have been sustained by you ever since I was born;|
|from my mother''s womb you have been my strength; *|
|my praise shall be always of you.|
|7||I have become a portent to many; *|
|but you are my refuge and my strength.|
|8||Let my mouth be full of your praise *|
|and your glory all the day long.|
|9||Do not cast me off in my old age; *|
|forsake me not when my strength fails.|
|10||For my enemies are talking against me, *|
|and those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together.|
|11||They say, ""God has forsaken him;|
|go after him and seize him; *|
|because there is none who will save.""|
|12||O God, be not far from me; *|
|come quickly to help me, O my God.|
|13||Let those who set themselves against me be put to shame and|
|be disgraced; *|
|let those who seek to do me evil be covered with scorn|
|14||But I shall always wait in patience, *|
|and shall praise you more and more.|
|15||My mouth shall recount your mighty acts|
|and saving deeds all day long; *|
|though I cannot know the number of them.|
|16||I will begin with the mighty works of the Lord GOD; *|
|I will recall your righteousness, yours alone.|
|17||O God, you have taught me since I was young, *|
|and to this day I tell of your wonderful works.|
13 Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray for the power to interpret. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unproductive. 15 What should I do then? I will pray with the spirit, but I will pray with the mind also; I will sing praise with the spirit, but I will sing praise with the mind also. 16 Otherwise, if you say a blessing with the spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say the ''Amen'' to your thanksgiving, since the outsider does not know what you are saying? 17 For you may give thanks well enough, but the other person is not built up. 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you; 19 nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind, in order to instruct others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
20 Brothers and sisters, do not be children in your thinking; rather, be infants in evil, but in thinking be adults.
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