Day 199

Daily Bible Reading

(ESV: Through The Bible)

Psalms 25-27 (Listen)

Teach Me Your Paths

 [1] Of David.

25:1 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
  let me not be put to shame;
  let not my enemies exult over me.
Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
  they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
  teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
  for you are the God of my salvation;
  for you I wait all the day long.

Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
  for they have been from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
  according to your steadfast love remember me,
  for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!

Good and upright is the Lord;
  therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
  and teaches the humble his way.
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
  for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

For your name's sake, O Lord,
  pardon my guilt, for it is great.
Who is the man who fears the Lord?
  Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
His soul shall abide in well-being,
  and his offspring shall inherit the land.
The friendship [2] of the Lord is for those who fear him,
  and he makes known to them his covenant.
My eyes are ever toward the Lord,
  for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

Turn to me and be gracious to me,
  for I am lonely and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
  bring me out of my distresses.
Consider my affliction and my trouble,
  and forgive all my sins.

Consider how many are my foes,
  and with what violent hatred they hate me.
Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!
  Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
May integrity and uprightness preserve me,
  for I wait for you.

Redeem Israel, O God,
  out of all his troubles.

I Will Bless the Lord

Of David.

26:1 Vindicate me, O Lord,
  for I have walked in my integrity,
  and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.
Prove me, O Lord, and try me;
  test my heart and my mind. [3]
For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
  and I walk in your faithfulness.

I do not sit with men of falsehood,
  nor do I consort with hypocrites.
I hate the assembly of evildoers,
  and I will not sit with the wicked.

I wash my hands in innocence
  and go around your altar, O Lord,
proclaiming thanksgiving aloud,
  and telling all your wondrous deeds.

O Lord, I love the habitation of your house
  and the place where your glory dwells.
Do not sweep my soul away with sinners,
  nor my life with bloodthirsty men,
in whose hands are evil devices,
  and whose right hands are full of bribes.

But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity;
  redeem me, and be gracious to me.
My foot stands on level ground;
  in the great assembly I will bless the Lord.

The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation

Of David.

27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
  whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold [4] of my life;
  of whom shall I be afraid?

When evildoers assail me
  to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
  it is they who stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against me,
  my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
  yet [5] I will be confident.

One thing have I asked of the Lord,
  that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
  all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
  and to inquire [6] in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter
  in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
  he will lift me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up
  above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
  sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
  be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek [7] my face.”
My heart says to you,
  “Your face, Lord, do I seek.” [8]
  Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
  O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
  O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
  but the Lord will take me in.

Teach me your way, O Lord,
  and lead me on a level path
  because of my enemies.
Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
  for false witnesses have risen against me,
  and they breathe out violence.

I believe [9] that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
  in the land of the living!
Wait for the Lord;
  be strong, and let your heart take courage;
  wait for the Lord!

Acts 20:17-38 (Listen)

Paul Speaks to the Ephesian Elders

Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him. And when they came to him, he said to them:

“You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews; how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by [10] the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, [11] which he obtained with his own blood. [12] I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.


[1] 25:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet
[2] 25:14 Or The secret counsel
[3] 26:2 Hebrew test my kidneys and my heart
[4] 27:1 Or refuge
[5] 27:3 Or in this
[6] 27:4 Or meditate
[7] 27:8 The command (seek) is addressed to more than one person
[8] 27:8 The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain
[9] 27:13 Other Hebrew manuscripts Oh! Had I not believed
[10] 20:22 Or bound in
[11] 20:28 Some manuscripts of the Lord
[12] 20:28 Or with the blood of his Own



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