Psalm 23:1-6 and Wisdom 3:1-9
1 A Psalm of David. The Lord directs me, and nothing will be lacking to me.
2 He has settled me here, in a place of pasture. He has led me out to the water of refreshment.
3 He has converted my soul. He has led me away on the paths of justice, for the sake of his name.
4 For, even if I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evils. For you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they have given me consolation.
5 You have prepared a table in my sight, opposite those who trouble me. You have anointed my head with oil, and my cup, which inebriates me, how brilliant it is!
6 And your mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and so may I dwell in the house of the Lord for length of days.
1 But the souls of the just are in the hand of God and no torment of death will touch them.
2 In the eyes of the foolish, they seemed to die, and their departure was considered an affliction,
3 and their going away from us, a banishment. Yet they are in peace.
4 And though, in the sight of men, they suffered torments, their hope is full of immortality.
5 Troubled in few things, in many things they will be well compensated, because God has tested them and found them worthy of himself.
6 Like gold in the furnace, he has proved them, and as a holocaust victim, he has received them, and in the time of their visitation
7 they will shine, and they will dash about like sparks among stubble.
8 They will judge the nations and they will rule over the people, and their Lord will reign forever.
9 Those who trust in him, will understand the truth, and those who are faithful in love will rest in him, because grace and peace is for his elect.
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