1 Blessed are they who have not walked
in the counsel of the wicked,
nor lingered in the way of sinners,
nor sat in the assembly of the scornful.
2 Their delight is in the law of the Lord
and they meditate on his law day and night.
3 Like a tree planted by streams of water
bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither,
whatever they do, it shall prosper.
4 As for the wicked, it is not so with them;
they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked shall not be able to stand in the judgement,
nor the sinner in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked shall perish.
1 Why are the nations in tumult,
and why do the peoples devise a vain plot?
2 The kings of the earth rise up,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his anointed:
3 Let us break their bonds asunder
and cast away their cords from us.
4 He who dwells in heaven shall laugh them to scorn;
the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak to them in his wrath
and terrify them in his fury:
6 Yet have I set my king
upon my holy hill of Zion.
7 I will proclaim the decree of the Lord;
he said to me: You are my Son; this day have I begotten you.
8 Ask of me and I will give you the nations for your inheritance
and the ends of the earth for your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potters vessel.
10 Now therefore be wise, O kings;
be prudent, you judges of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear, and with trembling kiss his feet,
lest he be angry and you perish from the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
12 Happy are all they
who take refuge in him.
1 Lord, how many are my adversaries;
many are they who rise up against me.
2 Many are they who say to my soul,
There is no help for you in your God.
3 But you, Lord, are a shield about me;
you are my glory, and the lifter up of my head.
4 When I cry aloud to the Lord,
he will answer me from his holy hill;
5 I lie down and sleep and rise again,
because the Lord sustains me.
6 I will not be afraid of hordes of the peoples
that have set themselves against me all around.
7 Rise up, O Lord, and deliver me, O my God,
for you strike all my enemies on the cheek
and break the teeth of the wicked.
8 Salvation belongs to the Lord:
may your blessing be upon your people.
11 For you also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed.
When I would restore the fortunes of my people,
71when I would heal Israel,
the corruption of Ephraim is revealed,
and the wicked deeds of Samaria;
for they deal falsely,
the thief breaks in,
and the bandits raid outside.
2 But they do not consider
that I remember all their wickedness.
Now their deeds surround them,
they are before my face.
3 By their wickedness they make the king glad,
and the officials by their treachery.
4 They are all adulterers;
they are like a heated oven,
whose baker does not need to stir the fire,
from the kneading of the dough until it is leavened.
5 On the day of our king the officials
became sick with the heat of wine;
he stretched out his hand with mockers.
6 For they are kindled* like an oven, their heart burns within them;
all night their anger smoulders;
in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.
7 All of them are hot as an oven,
and they devour their rulers.
All their kings have fallen;
none of them calls upon me.
8 Ephraim mixes himself with the peoples;
Ephraim is a cake not turned.
9 Foreigners devour his strength,
but he does not know it;
grey hairs are sprinkled upon him,
but he does not know it.
10 Israels pride testifies against* him;
yet they do not return to the Lord their God,
or seek him, for all this.
11 Ephraim has become like a dove,
silly and without sense;
they call upon Egypt, they go to Assyria.
12 As they go, I will cast my net over them;
I will bring them down like birds of the air;
I will discipline them according to the report made to their assembly.*
13 Woe to them, for they have strayed from me!
Destruction to them, for they have rebelled against me!
I would redeem them,
but they speak lies against me.
14 They do not cry to me from the heart,
but they wail upon their beds;
they gash themselves for grain and wine;
they rebel against me.
15 It was I who trained and strengthened their arms,
yet they plot evil against me.
16 They turn to that which does not profit;*
they have become like a defective bow;
their officials shall fall by the sword
because of the rage of their tongue.
So much for their babbling in the land of Egypt.
30 Since he wanted to find out what Paul* was being accused of by the Jews, the next day he released him and ordered the chief priests and the entire council to meet. He brought Paul down and had him stand before them.
23While Paul was looking intently at the council he said, Brothers,* up to this day I have lived my life with a clear conscience before God. 2Then the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near him to strike him on the mouth. 3At this Paul said to him, God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting there to judge me according to the law, and yet in violation of the law you order me to be struck? 4Those standing nearby said, Do you dare to insult Gods high priest? 5And Paul said, I did not realize, brothers, that he was high priest; for it is written, You shall not speak evil of a leader of your people.
6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others were Pharisees, he called out in the council, Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection* of the dead. 7When he said this, a dissension began between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 8(The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, or angel, or spirit; but the Pharisees acknowledge all three.) 9Then a great clamour arose, and certain scribes of the Pharisees group stood up and contended, We find nothing wrong with this man. What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him? 10When the dissension became violent, the tribune, fearing that they would tear Paul to pieces, ordered the soldiers to go down, take him by force, and bring him into the barracks.
11 That night the Lord stood near him and said, Keep up your courage! For just as you have testified for me in Jerusalem, so you must bear witness also in Rome.
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