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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 36

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A Prayer for God’s People*

1Come to our aid, O God of the universe, and put all the nations in dread of you! 2Raise your hand against the heathen, that they may realize your power. 3As you have used us to show them your holiness, so now use them to show us your glory. 4Thus they will know, as we know, that there is no God but you.

5Give new signs and work new wonders; show forth the splendor of your right hand and arm; 6Rouse your anger, pour out wrath, humble the enemy, scatter the foe. b Ps 79, 6 . 7Hasten the day, bring on the time; 9crush the heads of the hostile rulers. 8Let raging fire consume the fugitive, and your people’s oppressors meet destruction. 10Gather all the tribes of Jacob, that they may inherit the land as of old. 11Show mercy to the people called by your name; Israel, whom you named your first-born. c Ex 4, 22 . 12Take pity on your holy city, Jerusalem, your dwelling place. d 2 Chr 6, 41; Ps 132, 8. 14; Is 2, 1ff; Mi 4, 1ff . 13Fill Zion with your majesty, your temple with your glory. 14Give evidence of your deeds of old; fulfill the prophecies spoken in your name, 15Reward those who have hoped in you, and let your prophets be proved true. 16Hear the prayer of your servants, for you are ever gracious to your people; 17Thus it will be known to the very ends of the earth that you are the eternal God.

Choice of Associates*

18The throat can swallow any food, yet some foods are more agreeable than others; 19As the palate tests meat by its savor, so does a keen mind insincere words. 20A deceitful character causes grief, but an experienced man can turn the tables on him. 21Though any man may be accepted as a husband, yet one girl will be more suitable than another: 22A woman’s beauty makes her husband’s face light up, for it surpasses all else that charms the eye; e Sir 26, 13ff . 23And if, besides, her speech is kindly, his lot is beyond that of mortal men. 24A wife is her husband’s richest treasure, a helpmate, a steadying column. f Gn 2, 18; Prv 18, 22 . 25A vineyard with no hedge will be overrun; a man with no wife becomes a homeless wanderer. 26Who will trust an armed band that shifts from city to city? 27Or a man who has no nest, but lodges where night overtakes him? g Prv 27, 8 .

Notes:

b: Ps 79, 6 .

c: Ex 4, 22 .

d: 2 Chr 6, 41; Ps 132, 8. 14; Is 2, 1ff; Mi 4, 1ff .

e: Sir 26, 13ff .

f: Gn 2, 18; Prv 18, 22 .

g: Prv 27, 8 .

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