1 I love you, O Lord my strength.
The Lord is my crag, my fortress and my deliverer,
2 My God, my rock in whom I take refuge,
my shield, the horn of my salvation and my stronghold.
3 I cried to the Lord in my anguish
and I was saved from my enemies.
4 The cords of death entwined me
and the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 The cords of the Pit fastened about me
and the snares of death entangled me.
6 In my distress I called upon the Lord
and cried out to my God for help.
7 He heard my voice in his temple
and my cry came to his ears.
8 The earth trembled and quaked;
the foundations of the mountains shook;
they reeled because he was angry.
9 Smoke rose from his nostrils
and a consuming fire went out of his mouth;
burning coals blazed forth from him.
10 He parted the heavens and came down
and thick darkness was under his feet.
11 He rode upon the cherubim and flew;
he came flying on the wings of the wind.
12 He made darkness his covering round about him,
dark waters and thick clouds his pavilion.
13 From the brightness of his presence, through the clouds
burst hailstones and coals of fire.
14 The Lord also thundered out of heaven;
the Most High uttered his voice
with hailstones and coals of fire.
15 He sent out his arrows and scattered them;
he hurled down lightnings and put them to flight.
16 The springs of the ocean were seen,
and the foundations of the world uncovered
at your rebuke, O Lord,
at the blast of the breath of your displeasure.
17 He reached down from on high and took me;
he drew me out of the mighty waters.
18 He delivered me from my strong enemy,
from foes that were too mighty for me.
19 They came upon me in the day of my trouble;
but the Lord was my upholder.
20 He brought me out into a place of liberty;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.
21 The Lord rewarded me after my righteous dealing;
according to the cleanness of my hands he recompensed me,
22 Because I had kept the ways of the Lord
and had not gone wickedly away from my God,
23 For I had an eye to all his laws,
and did not cast out his commandments from me.
24 I was also wholehearted before him
and kept myself from iniquity;
25 Therefore the Lord rewarded me
after my righteous dealing,
and according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
26 With the faithful you show yourself faithful;
with the true you show yourself true;
27 With the pure you show yourself pure,
but with the crooked you show yourself perverse.
28 For you will save a lowly people
and bring down the high looks of the proud.
29 You also shall light my candle;
the Lord my God shall make my darkness to be bright.
30 By your help I shall run at an enemy host;
with the help of my God I can leap over a wall.
9Do not rejoice, O Israel!
Do not exult* as other nations do;
for you have played the whore, departing from your God.
You have loved a prostitutes pay
on all threshing-floors.
2 Threshing-floor and wine vat shall not feed them,
and the new wine shall fail them.
3 They shall not remain in the land of the Lord;
but Ephraim shall return to Egypt,
and in Assyria they shall eat unclean food.
4 They shall not pour drink-offerings of wine to the Lord,
and their sacrifices shall not please him.
Such sacrifices shall be like mourners bread;
all who eat of it shall be defiled;
for their bread shall be for their hunger only;
it shall not come to the house of the Lord.
5 What will you do on the day of appointed festival,
and on the day of the festival of the Lord?
6 For even if they escape destruction,
Egypt shall gather them,
Memphis shall bury them.
Nettles shall possess their precious things of silver;*
thorns shall be in their tents.
7 The days of punishment have come,
the days of recompense have come;
The prophet is a fool,
the man of the spirit is mad!
Because of your great iniquity,
your hostility is great.
8 The prophet is a sentinel for my God over Ephraim,
yet a fowlers snare is on all his ways,
and hostility in the house of his God.
9 They have deeply corrupted themselves
as in the days of Gibeah;
he will remember their iniquity,
he will punish their sins.
10 Like grapes in the wilderness,
I found Israel.
Like the first fruit on the fig tree,
in its first season,
I saw your ancestors.
But they came to Baal-peor,
and consecrated themselves to a thing of shame,
and became detestable like the thing they loved.
11 Ephraims glory shall fly away like a bird
no birth, no pregnancy, no conception!
12 Even if they bring up children,
I will bereave them until no one is left.
Woe to them indeed
when I depart from them!
13 Once I saw Ephraim as a young palm planted in a lovely meadow,*
but now Ephraim must lead out his children for slaughter.
14 Give them, O Lord
what will you give?
Give them a miscarrying womb
and dry breasts.
15 Every evil of theirs began at Gilgal;
there I came to hate them.
Because of the wickedness of their deeds
I will drive them out of my house.
I will love them no more;
all their officials are rebels.
16 Ephraim is stricken,
their root is dried up,
they shall bear no fruit.
Even though they give birth,
I will kill the cherished offspring of their womb.
17 Because they have not listened to him,
my God will reject them;
they shall become wanderers among the nations.
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. 25He wrote a letter to this effect:
26 Claudius Lysias to his Excellency the governor Felix, greetings. 27This man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them, but when I had learned that he was a Roman citizen, I came with the guard and rescued him. 28Since I wanted to know the charge for which they accused him, I had him brought to their council. 29I found that he was accused concerning questions of their law, but was charged with nothing deserving death or imprisonment. 30When I was informed that there would be a plot against the man, I sent him to you at once, ordering his accusers also to state before you what they have against him.*
31 So the soldiers, according to their instructions, took Paul and brought him during the night to Antipatris. 32The next day they let the horsemen go on with him, while they returned to the barracks. 33When they came to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they presented Paul also before him. 34On reading the letter, he asked what province he belonged to, and when he learned that he was from Cilicia, 35he said, I will give you a hearing when your accusers arrive. Then he ordered that he be kept under guard in Herods headquarters.*
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