Isaiah 60:1-5, 6b – My Paraphrase

Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, even though darkness covers the earth,
and deep darkness the people;
the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will be seen upon you.
Nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawning.

Lift up your eyes and look around;
they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from far away,
and your daughters shall be carried in their nurses’ arms.
Then you shall see and shine like the sun.
Your heart will be filled with awe and enlarged,
because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you,
the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
They shall bring gold and frankincense,
and shall proclaim the praises of the Lord.

Psalm 24:1-6 – My Paraphrase

Psalm 24:1-6

The earth is the LORD’s and it’s fullness;
the world and those who dwell in it.
For he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.

Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
or who will stand in his holy place?
He whose hands are clean and whose heart is pure,
who does not lift up his soul falsehood,
nor sworn deceitfully.
He will receive a blessing from the LORD,
and justice from God his savior.
Such is the generation that seeks him,
that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.

Psalm 143:1-11 My Paraphrase

Hear my prayer, O Lord;
Listen to my pleas for mercy,
and in your faithfulness and righteousness, answer me.
Do not come to judge your servant,
for there is not a person alive who is righteous before you.
My enemies are pursuing me,
crushing my soul to the ground,
leaving me to dwell in darkness like those who are long dead.
Therefore my spirit faints within me,
and my heart within me is appalled.

I remember the days of old,
I meditate on all your deeds,
and I consider the works of your hands.
I stretch out my hands to you;
for my soul thirsts for you like a dry and thristy land.

Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me,
or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.
Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning,
for in you I hope.
Show me the way I should walk,
for to you I lift up my soul.
Save me, O Lord, from my enemies;
for I have fled to you for refuge.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God,
and let your good spirit lead me on a level path.
For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life;
and in your righteousness deliver me from my distress..