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..

Isaiah 2:1-5 – My Paraphrase

The word that Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

It shall come to pass at the end of days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and exalted above the hills;  and every nation  shall stream to it.  Many peoples shall come and say: “Come, let us ascend the mountain of the LORD, to the dwelling place of the God of Jacob, so that he may teach us his ways and we may walk in his paths.”  For instruction shall go forth out of Zion and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

And he shall judge between the nations, and shall convict many peoples;  and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks;  nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they study war any more.

Come, O house of Jacob;  walk in the light of the LORD.