1 How long will you forget me, O Lord; for ever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long shall I have anguish in my soul
and grief in my heart, day after day?
How long shall my enemy triumph over me?
3 Look upon me and answer, O Lord my God;
lighten my eyes, lest I sleep in death;
4 Lest my enemy say, I have prevailed against him,
and my foes rejoice that I have fallen.
5 But I put my trust in your steadfast love;
my heart will rejoice in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
for he has dealt so bountifully with me.
1 The fool has said in his heart, There is no God.
Corrupt are they, and abominable in their wickedness;
there is no one that does good.
2 The Lord has looked down from heaven
upon the children of earth,
to see if there is anyone who is wise
and seeks after God.
3 But every one has turned back;
all alike have become corrupt:
there is none that does good; no, not one.
4 Have they no knowledge, those evildoers,
who eat up my people as if they ate bread
and do not call upon the Lord?
5 There shall they be in great fear;
for God is in the company of the righteous.
6 Though they would confound the counsel of the poor,
yet the Lord shall be their refuge.
7 O that Israels salvation would come out of Zion!
When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
then will Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.
8Set the trumpet to your lips!
One like a vulture* is over the house of the Lord,
because they have broken my covenant,
and transgressed my law.
2 Israel cries to me,
My God, weIsraelknow you!
3 Israel has spurned the good;
the enemy shall pursue him.
4 They made kings, but not through me;
they set up princes, but without my knowledge.
With their silver and gold they made idols
for their own destruction.
5 Your calf is rejected, O Samaria.
My anger burns against them.
How long will they be incapable of innocence?
6 For it is from Israel,
an artisan made it;
it is not God.
The calf of Samaria
shall be broken to pieces.*
7 For they sow the wind,
and they shall reap the whirlwind.
The standing grain has no heads,
it shall yield no meal;
if it were to yield,
foreigners would devour it.
8 Israel is swallowed up;
now they are among the nations
as a useless vessel.
9 For they have gone up to Assyria,
a wild ass wandering alone;
Ephraim has bargained for lovers.
10 Though they bargain with the nations,
I will now gather them up.
They shall soon writhe
under the burden of kings and princes.
11 When Ephraim multiplied altars to expiate sin,
they became to him altars for sinning.
12 Though I write for him the multitude of my instructions,
they are regarded as a strange thing.
13 Though they offer choice sacrifices,*
though they eat flesh,
the Lord does not accept them.
Now he will remember their iniquity,
and punish their sins;
they shall return to Egypt.
14 Israel has forgotten his Maker,
and built palaces;
and Judah has multiplied fortified cities;
but I will send a fire upon his cities,
and it shall devour his strongholds.
12 In the morning the Jews joined in a conspiracy and bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. 13There were more than forty who joined in this conspiracy. 14They went to the chief priests and elders and said, We have strictly bound ourselves by an oath to taste no food until we have killed Paul. 15Now then, you and the council must notify the tribune to bring him down to you, on the pretext that you want to make a more thorough examination of his case. And we are ready to do away with him before he arrives.
16 Now the son of Pauls sister heard about the ambush; so he went and gained entrance to the barracks and told Paul. 17Paul called one of the centurions and said, Take this young man to the tribune, for he has something to report to him. 18So he took him, brought him to the tribune, and said, The prisoner Paul called me and asked me to bring this young man to you; he has something to tell you. 19The tribune took him by the hand, drew him aside privately, and asked, What is it that you have to report to me? 20He answered, The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire more thoroughly into his case. 21But do not be persuaded by them, for more than forty of their men are lying in ambush for him. They have bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink until they kill him. They are ready now and are waiting for your consent. 22So the tribune dismissed the young man, ordering him, Tell no one that you have informed me of this.
23 Then he summoned two of the centurions and said, Get ready to leave by nine oclock tonight for Caesarea with two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen. 24Also provide mounts for Paul to ride, and take him safely to Felix the governor.
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10 February 2011