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The Good News Translation of Scriptures for the November 21, 2021 Service

2 Samuel 23:1-7

Good News Translation

David's Last Words

23 David son of Jesse was the man whom God made great, whom the God of Jacob chose to be king, and who was the composer of beautiful songs for Israel. These are David's last words:

2 The spirit of the LORD speaks through me; his message is on my lips.

3 The God of Israel has spoken; the protector of Israel said to me:

“The king who rules with justice, who rules in obedience to God,

4 is like the sun shining on a cloudless dawn, the sun that makes the grass sparkle after rain.”

5 And that is how God will bless my descendants, because he has made an eternal covenant with me, an agreement that will not be broken, a promise that will not be changed.

That is all I desire; that will be my victory, and God will surely bring it about.

6 But godless people are like thorns that are thrown away; no one can touch them barehanded.

7 You must use an iron tool or a spear; they will be burned completely.

Psalm 93

Good News Translation

God the King

93 The LORD is king.

He is clothed with majesty and strength.

The earth is set firmly in place

and cannot be moved.

2 Your throne, O LORD, has been firm from the beginning,

and you existed before time began.

3 The ocean depths raise their voice, O LORD;

they raise their voice and roar.

4 The LORD rules supreme in heaven,

greater than the roar of the ocean,

more powerful than the waves of the sea.

5 Your laws are eternal, LORD,

and your Temple is holy indeed,

forever and ever.

John 18:33-37

Good News Translation

33 Pilate went back into the palace and called Jesus. “Are you the king of the Jews?” he asked him.

34 Jesus answered, “Does this question come from you or have others told you about me?”

35 Pilate replied, “Do you think I am a Jew? It was your own people and the chief priests who handed you over to me. What have you done?”

36 Jesus said, “My kingdom does not belong to this world; if my kingdom belonged to this world, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities. No, my kingdom does not belong here!”

37 So Pilate asked him, “Are you a king, then?”

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. I was born and came into the world for this one purpose, to speak about the truth. Whoever belongs to the truth listens to me.”

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