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The LORD will keep you from all harm — He will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

~ Psalm 121:7-8

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I call on the LORD in my distress, and He answers me. Save me, O LORD , from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.

~ Psalm 120:1-2

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May my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding according to your word. May my supplication come before you; deliver me according to your promise. May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees. May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous. May your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts. I long for your salvation, O LORD,
and your law is my delight. Let me live that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me. I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands.

~ Psalm 119:169-176

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But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him, and His righteousness with their children’s children— with those who keep His covenant and remember to obey his precepts.

~ Psalm 103:17-18

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Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures.

~ Psalm 119:89

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Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws. I have suffered much; preserve my life, O LORD, according to your word. Accept, O LORD, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws. Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law. The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts. Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.

~ Psalm 119:105-112


Note: Today’s paintings are: Slava Groshev’s “Abraham and Isaac”*; Hans Baldung’s “Eve, the Serpent and Death”, c. 1510-1515; John Linnell’s “The Eve of the Deluge”, 1848; Antoine Ansiaux’s “Christ Blessing the Children”, 1820; Arnold Friberg’s “The Giving of the Law”, 1953; and Jusepe de Ribera’s “Saint John Evangelist”. Header image is a detail of Guido Reni’s “Magdalene in Penitence”, 1635. 

* Kind of odd to see Isaac depicted in this painting as a full-grown man instead of the young boy which the Bible suggests him to be. A gorgeous painting, to be sure, but an incorrect representation, in my opinion.

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