1 I will exalt you, O God my King,
and bless your name for ever and ever.
2 Every day will I bless you
and praise your name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord and highly to be praised;
his greatness is beyond all searching out.
4 One generation shall praise your works to another
and declare your mighty acts.
5 They shall speak of the majesty of your glory,
and I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
6 They shall speak of the might of your marvellous acts,
and I will also tell of your greatness.
7 They shall pour forth the story of your abundant kindness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and merciful,
long-suffering and of great goodness.
9 The Lord is loving to everyone
and his mercy is over all his creatures.
10 All your works praise you, O Lord,
and your faithful servants bless you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your mighty power,
12 To make known to all peoples your mighty acts
and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom;
your dominion endures throughout all ages.
14 The Lord is sure in all his words
and faithful in all his deeds.
15 The Lord upholds all those who fall
and lifts up all those who are bowed down.
16 The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord,
and you give them their food in due season.
17 You open wide your hand
and fill all things living with plenty.
18 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and loving in all his works.
19 The Lord is near to those who call upon him,
to all who call upon him faithfully.
20 He fulfils the desire of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.
21 The Lord watches over those who love him,
but all the wicked shall he destroy.
22 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord,
and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
5Hear this, O priests!
Give heed, O house of Israel!
Listen, O house of the king!
For the judgement pertains to you;
for you have been a snare at Mizpah,
and a net spread upon Tabor,
2 and a pit dug deep in Shittim;*
but I will punish all of them.
3 I know Ephraim,
and Israel is not hidden from me;
for now, O Ephraim, you have played the whore;
Israel is defiled.
4 Their deeds do not permit them
to return to their God.
For the spirit of whoredom is within them,
and they do not know the Lord.
5 Israels pride testifies against him;
Ephraim* stumbles in his guilt;
Judah also stumbles with them.
6 With their flocks and herds they shall go
to seek the Lord,
but they will not find him;
he has withdrawn from them.
7 They have dealt faithlessly with the Lord;
for they have borne illegitimate children.
Now the new moon shall devour them along with their fields.
37 Just as Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the tribune, May I say something to you? The tribune* replied, Do you know Greek? 38Then you are not the Egyptian who recently stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand assassins out into the wilderness? 39Paul replied, I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of an important city; I beg you, let me speak to the people. 40When he had given him permission, Paul stood on the steps and motioned to the people for silence; and when there was a great hush, he addressed them in the Hebrew* language, saying:
22Brothers and fathers, listen to the defence that I now make before you.
2 When they heard him addressing them in Hebrew,* they became even more quiet. Then he said:
3 I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, educated strictly according to our ancestral law, being zealous for God, just as all of you are today. 4I persecuted this Way up to the point of death by binding both men and women and putting them in prison, 5as the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify about me. From them I also received letters to the brothers in Damascus, and I went there in order to bind those who were there and to bring them back to Jerusalem for punishment.
6 While I was on my way and approaching Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone about me. 7I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? 8I answered, Who are you, Lord? Then he said to me, I am Jesus of Nazareth* whom you are persecuting. 9Now those who were with me saw the light but did not hear the voice of the one who was speaking to me. 10I asked, What am I to do, Lord? The Lord said to me, Get up and go to Damascus; there you will be told everything that has been assigned to you to do. 11Since I could not see because of the brightness of that light, those who were with me took my hand and led me to Damascus.
12 A certain Ananias, who was a devout man according to the law and well spoken of by all the Jews living there, 13came to me; and standing beside me, he said, Brother Saul, regain your sight! In that very hour I regained my sight and saw him. 14Then he said, The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will, to see the Righteous One and to hear his own voice; 15for you will be his witness to all the world of what you have seen and heard. 16And now why do you delay? Get up, be baptized, and have your sins washed away, calling on his name.
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