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I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

~ Psalm 16:8

Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me–those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches? No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him–the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough–that he should live on forever and not see decay.

For all can see that wise men die; the foolish and the senseless alike perish and leave their wealth to others. Their tombs will remain their houses forever, their dwellings for endless generations, though they had named lands after themselves.

But man, despite his riches, does not endure; he is like the beasts that perish. This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings. Like sheep they are destined for the grave, and death will feed on them.

The upright will rule over them in the morning; their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions. But God will redeem my life from the grave; He will surely take me to Himself.

~ Psalm 49:5-15

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

~ Psalm 62:1-2


Notes: Today’s paintings are: Francesco Hayez’s “Samson Slays the Lion”; Jusepe de Ribera’s “The Raising of Lazarus”, 1616; and Warner Sallman’s “The Boy Christ”. Header image is a detail from Mattia Preti’s “St. John the Baptist Preaching”, 1665.