from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love.
and said, “O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven or on earth, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart,
O Lord God, do not turn away the face of your anointed one! Remember your steadfast love for David your servant.”
and who extended to me his steadfast love before the king and his counselors, and before all the king’s mighty officers. I took courage, for the hand of the Lord my God was on me, and I gathered leading men from Israel to go up with me.
For we are slaves. Yet our God has not forsaken us in our slavery but has extended to us his steadfast love before the kings of Persia, to grant us some reviving to set up the house of our God, to repair its ruins, and to give us protection in Judea and Jerusalem.
And I said, “O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast lovewith those who love him and keep his commandments,
They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them.
“Now, therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love, let not all the hardship seem little to you that has come upon us, upon our kings, our princes, our priests, our prophets, our fathers, and all your people, since the time of the kings of Assyria until this day.
Then I commanded the Levites that they should purify themselves and come and guard the gates, to keep the Sabbath day holy. Remember this also in my favor, O my God, and spare me according to the greatness of your steadfast love.
[ How Precious Is Your Steadfast Love ] [ To the choirmaster. Of David, the servant of the Lord. ] Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes.
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
[ Your Throne, O God, Is Forever ] [ To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah; a love song. ] My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.
We have thought on your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple.
[ Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God ] [ To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him after he had gone in to Bathsheba.] Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
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