Day 201

Daily Bible Reading

(ESV: Through The Bible)

Psalms 31-33 (Listen)

Into Your Hand I Commit My Spirit

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

31:1 In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
  let me never be put to shame;
  in your righteousness deliver me!
Incline your ear to me;
  rescue me speedily!
Be a rock of refuge for me,
  a strong fortress to save me!

For you are my rock and my fortress;
  and for your name's sake you lead me and guide me;
you take me out of the net they have hidden for me,
  for you are my refuge.
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
  you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

I hate [1] those who pay regard to worthless idols,
  but I trust in the Lord.
I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,
  because you have seen my affliction;
  you have known the distress of my soul,
and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
  you have set my feet in a broad place.

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
  my eye is wasted from grief;
  my soul and my body also.
For my life is spent with sorrow,
  and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my iniquity,
  and my bones waste away.

Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach,
  especially to my neighbors,
and an object of dread to my acquaintances;
  those who see me in the street flee from me.
I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
  I have become like a broken vessel.
For I hear the whispering of many—
  terror on every side!—
as they scheme together against me,
  as they plot to take my life.

But I trust in you, O Lord;
  I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hand;
  rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
Make your face shine on your servant;
  save me in your steadfast love!
O Lord, let me not be put to shame,
  for I call upon you;
let the wicked be put to shame;
  let them go silently to Sheol.
Let the lying lips be mute,
  which speak insolently against the righteous
  in pride and contempt.

Oh, how abundant is your goodness,
  which you have stored up for those who fear you
and worked for those who take refuge in you,
  in the sight of the children of mankind!
In the cover of your presence you hide them
  from the plots of men;
you store them in your shelter
  from the strife of tongues.

Blessed be the Lord,
  for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
  when I was in a besieged city.
I had said in my alarm, [2]
  “I am cut off from your sight.”
But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy
  when I cried to you for help.

Love the Lord, all you his saints!
  The Lord preserves the faithful
  but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
  all you who wait for the Lord!

Blessed Are the Forgiven

A Maskil [3] of David.

32:1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
  whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
  and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
  through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
  my strength was dried up [4] as by the heat of summer. Selah

I acknowledged my sin to you,
  and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
  and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

Therefore let everyone who is godly
  offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
surely in the rush of great waters,
  they shall not reach him.
You are a hiding place for me;
  you preserve me from trouble;
  you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
  I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
  which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
  or it will not stay near you.

Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
  but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,
  and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

The Steadfast Love of the Lord

33:1 Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!
  Praise befits the upright.
Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;
  make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
Sing to him a new song;
  play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

For the word of the Lord is upright,
  and all his work is done in faithfulness.
He loves righteousness and justice;
  the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
  and by the breath of his mouth all their host.
He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;
  he puts the deeps in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;
  let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
For he spoke, and it came to be;
  he commanded, and it stood firm.

The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
  he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
  the plans of his heart to all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
  the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

The Lord looks down from heaven;
  he sees all the children of man;
from where he sits enthroned he looks out
  on all the inhabitants of the earth,
he who fashions the hearts of them all
  and observes all their deeds.
The king is not saved by his great army;
  a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
  and by its great might it cannot rescue.

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
  on those who hope in his steadfast love,
that he may deliver their soul from death
  and keep them alive in famine.

Our soul waits for the Lord;
  he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
  because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
  even as we hope in you.

Acts 21:15-40 (Listen)

After these days we got ready and went up to Jerusalem. And some of the disciples from Caesarea went with us, bringing us to the house of Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we should lodge.

Paul Visits James

When we had come to Jerusalem, the brothers received us gladly. On the following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present. After greeting them, he related one by one the things that God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. And when they heard it, they glorified God. And they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed. They are all zealous for the law, and they have been told about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or walk according to our customs. What then is to be done? They will certainly hear that you have come. Do therefore what we tell you. We have four men who are under a vow; take these men and purify yourself along with them and pay their expenses, so that they may shave their heads. Thus all will know that there is nothing in what they have been told about you, but that you yourself also live in observance of the law. But as for the Gentiles who have believed, we have sent a letter with our judgment that they should abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, [5] and from sexual immorality.” Then Paul took the men, and the next day he purified himself along with them and went into the temple, giving notice when the days of purification would be fulfilled and the offering presented for each one of them.

Paul Arrested in the Temple

When the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him, crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who is teaching everyone everywhere against the people and the law and this place. Moreover, he even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.” For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple. Then all the city was stirred up, and the people ran together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple, and at once the gates were shut. And as they were seeking to kill him, word came to the tribune of the cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion. He at once took soldiers and centurions and ran down to them. And when they saw the tribune and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. Then the tribune came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound with two chains. He inquired who he was and what he had done. Some in the crowd were shouting one thing, some another. And as he could not learn the facts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into the barracks. And when he came to the steps, he was actually carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the crowd, for the mob of the people followed, crying out, “Away with him!”

Paul Speaks to the People

As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the tribune, “May I say something to you?” And he said, “Do you know Greek? Are you not the Egyptian, then, who recently stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out into the wilderness?” Paul replied, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no obscure city. I beg you, permit me to speak to the people.” And when he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the steps, motioned with his hand to the people. And when there was a great hush, he addressed them in the Hebrew language, [6] saying:


[1] 31:6 Masoretic Text; one Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint, Syriac, Jerome You hate
[2] 31:22 Or in my haste
[3] 32:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
[4] 32:4 Hebrew my vitality was changed
[5] 21:25 Some manuscripts omit and from what has been strangled
[6] 21:40 Or the Hebrew dialect (that is, Aramaic); also 22:2



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