1 Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness;
you set me at liberty when I was in trouble;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2 How long will you nobles dishonour my glory;
how long will you love vain things and seek after falsehood?
3 But know that the Lord has shown me his marvellous kindness;
when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.
4 Stand in awe, and sin not;
commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.
5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness
and put your trust in the Lord.
6 There are many that say, Who will show us any good?
Lord, lift up the light of your countenance upon us.
7 You have put gladness in my heart,
more than when their corn and wine and oil increase.
8 In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for it is you Lord, only, who make me dwell in safety.
1 Give ear to my words, O Lord;
consider my lamentation.
2 Hearken to the voice of my crying, my King and my God,
for to you I make my prayer.
3 In the morning, Lord, you will hear my voice;
early in the morning I make my appeal to you, and look up.
4 For you are the God who takes no pleasure in wickedness;
no evil can dwell with you.
5 The boastful cannot stand in your sight;
you hate all those that work wickedness.
6 You destroy those who speak lies;
the bloodthirsty and deceitful the Lord will abhor.
7 But as for me, through the greatness of your mercy,
I will come into your house;
I will bow down towards your holy temple in awe of you.
8 Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness,
because of my enemies;
make your way straight before my face.
9 For there is no truth in their mouth,
in their heart is destruction,
their throat is an open sepulchre,
and they flatter with their tongue.
10 Punish them, O God;
let them fall through their own devices.
11 Because of their many transgressions cast them out,
for they have rebelled against you.
12 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them sing out their joy for ever.
13 You will shelter them,
so that those who love your name may exult in you.
14 For you, O Lord, will bless the righteous;
and with your favour you will defend them as with a shield.
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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