The Lord our God will keep us safe forever, not abandoning us to the grave, but raising us as Christ was raised!

BibleGateway: Psalm 16

ESV Text: Psalm 16

Psalm 16 (Listen)

You Will Not Abandon My Soul

A Miktam1 of David.


16:1   Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
  I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
    I have no good apart from you.”


  As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
    in whom is all my delight.2


  The sorrows of those who run after3 another god shall multiply;
    their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
    or take their names on my lips.


  The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;
    you hold my lot.
  The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.


  I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
    in the night also my heart instructs me.4
  I have set the LORD always before me;
    because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.


  Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being5 rejoices;
    my flesh also dwells secure.
10   For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
    or let your holy one see corruption.6


11   You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Footnotes

[1] 16:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term

[2] 16:3 Or To the saints in the land, the excellent in whom is all my delight, I say:

[3] 16:4 Or who acquire

[4] 16:7 Hebrew my kidneys instruct me

[5] 16:9 Hebrew my glory

[6] 16:10 Or see the pit

(ESV)


KJV Text:

KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 16:

     1 Michtam of David. Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust. 2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee; 3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight. 4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips. 5 The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. 6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. 7 I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.

     8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. 10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.(KJV)


Hymn: WS 759 :
These Are the Facts

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Hymn: LSB 486 If Christ Had Not Been Raised from Death
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Abraham and Sarah were “strangers” not only in the land, but in the world, journeying to their heavenly home.

BibleGateway: Genesis 23

ESV Text: Genesis 23

Genesis 23 (Listen)

Sarah’s Death and Burial

23:1 Sarah lived 127 years; these were the years of the life of Sarah. And Sarah died at Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. And Abraham rose up from before his dead and said to the Hittites,1 “I am a sojourner and foreigner among you; give me property among you for a burying place, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.” The Hittites answered Abraham, “Hear us, my lord; you are a prince of God2 among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will withhold from you his tomb to hinder you from burying your dead.” Abraham rose and bowed to the Hittites, the people of the land. And he said to them, “If you are willing that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me and entreat for me Ephron the son of Zohar, that he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he owns; it is at the end of his field. For the full price let him give it to me in your presence as property for a burying place.”

10 Now Ephron was sitting among the Hittites, and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the Hittites, of all who went in at the gate of his city, 11 “No, my lord, hear me: I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. In the sight of the sons of my people I give it to you. Bury your dead.” 12 Then Abraham bowed down before the people of the land. 13 And he said to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, “But if you will, hear me: I give the price of the field. Accept it from me, that I may bury my dead there.” 14 Ephron answered Abraham, 15 “My lord, listen to me: a piece of land worth four hundred shekels3 of silver, what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.” 16 Abraham listened to Ephron, and Abraham weighed out for Ephron the silver that he had named in the hearing of the Hittites, four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weights current among the merchants.

17 So the field of Ephron in Machpelah, which was to the east of Mamre, the field with the cave that was in it and all the trees that were in the field, throughout its whole area, was made over 18 to Abraham as a possession in the presence of the Hittites, before all who went in at the gate of his city. 19 After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah east of Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. 20 The field and the cave that is in it were made over to Abraham as property for a burying place by the Hittites.

Footnotes

[1] 23:3 Hebrew sons of Heth; also verses 5, 7, 10, 16, 18, 20

[2] 23:6 Or a mighty prince

[3] 23:15 A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams

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KJV Text:

KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 23:

     1 And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah. 2 And Sarah died in Kirjatharba; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.

     3 And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying, 4 I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a buryingplace with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight. 5 And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto him, 6 Hear us, my lord: thou art a mighty prince among us: in the choice of our sepulchres bury thy dead; none of us shall withhold from thee his sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury thy dead. 7 And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth. 8 And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and entreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar, 9 That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he hath, which is in the end of his field; for as much money as it is worth he shall give it me for a possession of a buryingplace amongst you. 10 And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth: and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth, even of all that went in at the gate of his city, saying, 11 Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give I thee, and the cave that is therein, I give it thee; in the presence of the sons of my people give I it thee: bury thy dead. 12 And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land. 13 And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there. 14 And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him, 15 My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead.

     16 And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant. 17 And the field of Ephron, which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made sure 18 Unto Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his city. 19 And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre: the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan. 20 And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a buryingplace by the sons of Heth.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 407 :
Farewell I Gladly Bid Thee

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1. Farewell I gladly bid Thee, 
False, evil world, farewell. 
Thy life is vain and sinful, 
With Thee I would not dwell. 
I long to be in heaven, 
In that untroubled sphere 
Where they will be rewarded 
Who served their God while here. 

2. By Thy good counsel lead me, 
O Son of God, my Stay; 
In each perplexing trial 
Help me, O Lord, I pray. 
Mine hour of sorrow shorten, 
Support my fainting heart, 
From every cross deliver, 
The crown of life impart. 

3. When darkness round me gathers, 
Thy name and cross, still bright, 
Deep in my heart are sparkling 
Like stars in blackest night. 
O heart, this image cherish: 
The Christ on Calvary, 
How patiently He suffered 
And shed His blood for me! 

4. Lord, hide my soul securely 
Deep in Thy wounded side; 
From every danger shield me 
And to Thy glory guide. 
He has been truly blessed 
Who reaches heaven above; 
He has found perfect healing 
Who rests upon Thy love. 

5. Lord, write my name, I pray Thee, 
Now in the Book of Life 
And with all true believers 
Take me where joys are rife. 
There let me bloom and flourish, 
Thy perfect freedom prove, 
And tell, as I adore Thee, 
How faithful was Thy love.