(This is a translation from Amy Jill Levine, slightly modified for reading aloud.)
In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, “Avenge me, grant me justice against my adversary.” And he didn’t want to at the time. But after she kept coming, he said to himself, “Even if I do not fear God or respect people, I will avenge the widow, so that she will not keep coming and wear me out or give me a black eye.”
Psalm 145, 8-9, 14-21
The Lord upholds all who are falling,
and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand,
satisfying the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is just in all his ways,
and kind in all his doings.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desire of all who fear him;
he also hears their cry, and saves them.
20 The Lord watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.