a few years ago at a library book sale, i came home with four hardcover bibles in four different versions for $2 each. i was so excited, especially to find the oxford annotated study bible, a text i declined to purchase for an intro religion class and later regreted when i declared my religion major.
this particular edition is the revised standard version, not the more contemporary NRSV that we use at my episcopal worship service. i love this bible. i love the old language, and i'm finding that the Holy Spirit is using familiar passages to challenge me in new ways.
A Song of Ascents.
1Out of the depths I cry to thee, O LORD!
2 Lord, hear my voice!
Let thy ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications!
3 If thou, O LORD, shouldst mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with thee,
that thou mayest be feared.
5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the LORD
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
and with him is plenteous redemption.
8 And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.