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Psalm 20

1  May the Lord hear you in the day of trouble, 
   the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
2  Send you help from his sanctuary 
   and strengthen you out of Zion;
3  Remember all your offerings 
   and accept your burnt sacrifice;
4  Grant you your heart’s desire 
   and fulfil all your mind.
5  May we rejoice in your salvation
      and triumph in the name of our God; 
   may the Lord perform all your petitions.
6  Now I know that the Lord will save his anointed; 
   he will answer him from his holy heaven,
      with the mighty strength of his right hand.
7  Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses, 
   but we will call only on the name of the Lord our God.
8  They are brought down and fallen, 
   but we are risen and stand upright.
9  O Lord, save the king 
   and answer us when we call upon you.

Psalm 21

1  The king shall rejoice in your strength, O Lord; 
   how greatly shall he rejoice in your salvation!
2  You have given him his heart’s desire 
   and have not denied the request of his lips.
3  For you come to meet him with blessings of goodness 
   and set a crown of pure gold upon his head.
4  He asked of you life and you gave it him, 
   length of days, for ever and ever.
5  His honour is great because of your salvation; 
   glory and majesty have you laid upon him.
6  You have granted him everlasting felicity 
   and will make him glad with joy in your presence.
7  For the king puts his trust in the Lord; 
   because of the loving-kindness of the Most High,
      he shall not be overthrown.
8  Your hand shall mark down all your enemies; 
   your right hand will find out those who hate you.
9  You will make them like a fiery oven
      in the time of your wrath; 
   the Lord will swallow them up in his anger
      and the fire will consume them.
10  Their fruit you will root out of the land 
   and their seed from among its inhabitants.
11  Because they intend evil against you 
   and devise wicked schemes
      which they cannot perform,
12  You will put them to flight 
   when you aim your bow at their faces.
13  Be exalted, O Lord, in your own might; 
   we will make music and sing of your power.

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Hosea 11: 1 - 12: 6

God’s Compassion Despite Israel’s Ingratitude

11When Israel was a child, I loved him,
   and out of Egypt I called my son.
2 The more I* called them,
   the more they went from me;*
they kept sacrificing to the Baals,
   and offering incense to idols.


3 Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
   I took them up in my* arms;
   but they did not know that I healed them.
4 I led them with cords of human kindness,
   with bands of love.
I was to them like those
   who lift infants to their cheeks.*
   I bent down to them and fed them.


5 They shall return to the land of Egypt,
   and Assyria shall be their king,
   because they have refused to return to me.
6 The sword rages in their cities,
   it consumes their oracle-priests,
   and devours because of their schemes.
7 My people are bent on turning away from me.
   To the Most High they call,
   but he does not raise them up at all.*


8 How can I give you up, Ephraim?
   How can I hand you over, O Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
   How can I treat you like Zeboiim?
My heart recoils within me;
   my compassion grows warm and tender.
9 I will not execute my fierce anger;
   I will not again destroy Ephraim;
for I am God and no mortal,
   the Holy One in your midst,
   and I will not come in wrath.*


10 They shall go after the Lord,
   who roars like a lion;
when he roars,
   his children shall come trembling from the west.
11 They shall come trembling like birds from Egypt,
   and like doves from the land of Assyria;
   and I will return them to their homes, says the Lord.


12 *Ephraim has surrounded me with lies,
   and the house of Israel with deceit;
but Judah still walks* with God,
   and is faithful to the Holy One.

12Ephraim herds the wind,
   and pursues the east wind all day long;
they multiply falsehood and violence;
   they make a treaty with Assyria,
   and oil is carried to Egypt.

The Long History of Rebellion


2 The Lord has an indictment against Judah,
   and will punish Jacob according to his ways,
   and repay him according to his deeds.
3 In the womb he tried to supplant his brother,
   and in his manhood he strove with God.
4 He strove with the angel and prevailed,
   he wept and sought his favour;
he met him at Bethel,
   and there he spoke with him.*
5 The Lord the God of hosts,
   the Lord is his name!
6 But as for you, return to your God,
   hold fast to love and justice,
   and wait continually for your God.

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Acts 24: 24 - 25: 12

Paul Held in Custody

24 Some days later when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him speak concerning faith in Christ Jesus. 25And as he discussed justice, self-control, and the coming judgement, Felix became frightened and said, ‘Go away for the present; when I have an opportunity, I will send for you.’ 26At the same time he hoped that money would be given to him by Paul, and for that reason he used to send for him very often and converse with him.

27 After two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus; and since he wanted to grant the Jews a favour, Felix left Paul in prison.

Paul Appeals to the Emperor

25Three days after Festus had arrived in the province, he went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem 2where the chief priests and the leaders of the Jews gave him a report against Paul. They appealed to him 3and requested, as a favour to them against Paul,* to have him transferred to Jerusalem. They were, in fact, planning an ambush to kill him along the way. 4Festus replied that Paul was being kept at Caesarea, and that he himself intended to go there shortly. 5‘So’, he said, ‘let those of you who have the authority come down with me, and if there is anything wrong about the man, let them accuse him.’

6 After he had stayed among them for not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea; the next day he took his seat on the tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought. 7When he arrived, the Jews who had gone down from Jerusalem surrounded him, bringing many serious charges against him, which they could not prove. 8Paul said in his defence, ‘I have in no way committed an offence against the law of the Jews, or against the temple, or against the emperor.’ 9But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favour, asked Paul, ‘Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem and be tried there before me on these charges?’ 10Paul said, ‘I am appealing to the emperor’s tribunal; this is where I should be tried. I have done no wrong to the Jews, as you very well know. 11Now if I am in the wrong and have committed something for which I deserve to die, I am not trying to escape death; but if there is nothing to their charges against me, no one can turn me over to them. I appeal to the emperor.’ 12Then Festus, after he had conferred with his council, replied, ‘You have appealed to the emperor; to the emperor you will go.’

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