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January 4, 2012

Faithful Love and Truth Have Met

A Reading

Lord, you've been kind to your land;
you've changed Jacob's circumstances
for the better.
You've forgiven
 your people's wrongdoing;
 you've covered all their sins.
You've stopped being furious;
 you've turned away
  from your burning anger.
You, the God who can save us, restore us!
  Stop being angry with us!
Will you be mad at us forever?
  Will you prolong your anger
    from one generation to the next?
Won't you bring us back to life again
  so that your people can rejoice in you?
Show us your faithful love, LORD!
  Give us your salvation!
Let me hear what the Lord God says,
 because he speaks peace to his people
  and to his faithful ones.
 Don't let them return to foolish ways.
God's salvation is very close
 to those who honor him
 so that his glory can live in our land.
Faithful love and truth have met;
  righteousness and peace have kissed.
Truth springs up from the ground;
 righteousness gazes
  down from heaven.
Yes, the LORD gives what is good,
 and our land yields its produce.
Righteousness walks before God,
 making a road for his steps.

Ps. 85 Common English Bible

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