Day 209

Daily Bible Reading

(ESV: Through The Bible)

Psalms 53-55 (Listen)

There Is None Who Does Good

To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath. A Maskil [1] of David.

53:1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
  They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity;
  there is none who does good.

God looks down from heaven
  on the children of man
to see if there are any who understand, [2]
  who seek after God.

They have all fallen away;
  together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
  not even one.

Have those who work evil no knowledge,
  who eat up my people as they eat bread,
  and do not call upon God?

There they are, in great terror,
  where there is no terror!
For God scatters the bones of him who encamps against you;
  you put them to shame, for God has rejected them.

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
  When God restores the fortunes of his people,
  let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

The Lord Upholds My Life

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Maskil [3] of David, when the Ziphites went and told Saul, “Is not David hiding among us?”

54:1 O God, save me by your name,
  and vindicate me by your might.
O God, hear my prayer;
  give ear to the words of my mouth.

For strangers [4] have risen against me;
  ruthless men seek my life;
  they do not set God before themselves. Selah

Behold, God is my helper;
  the Lord is the upholder of my life.
He will return the evil to my enemies;
  in your faithfulness put an end to them.

With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
  I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.
For he has delivered me from every trouble,
  and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.

Cast Your Burden on the Lord

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Maskil [5] of David.

55:1 Give ear to my prayer, O God,
  and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!
Attend to me, and answer me;
  I am restless in my complaint and I moan,
because of the noise of the enemy,
  because of the oppression of the wicked.
For they drop trouble upon me,
  and in anger they bear a grudge against me.

My heart is in anguish within me;
  the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Fear and trembling come upon me,
  and horror overwhelms me.
And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
  I would fly away and be at rest;
yes, I would wander far away;
  I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah
I would hurry to find a shelter
  from the raging wind and tempest.”

Destroy, O Lord, divide their tongues;
  for I see violence and strife in the city.
Day and night they go around it
  on its walls,
and iniquity and trouble are within it;
  ruin is in its midst;
oppression and fraud
  do not depart from its marketplace.

For it is not an enemy who taunts me—
  then I could bear it;
it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me—
  then I could hide from him.
But it is you, a man, my equal,
  my companion, my familiar friend.
We used to take sweet counsel together;
  within God's house we walked in the throng.
Let death steal over them;
  let them go down to Sheol alive;
  for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.

But I call to God,
  and the Lord will save me.
Evening and morning and at noon
  I utter my complaint and moan,
  and he hears my voice.
He redeems my soul in safety
  from the battle that I wage,
  for many are arrayed against me.
God will give ear and humble them,
  he who is enthroned from of old, Selah
because they do not change
  and do not fear God.

My companion [6] stretched out his hand against his friends;
  he violated his covenant.
His speech was smooth as butter,
  yet war was in his heart;
his words were softer than oil,
  yet they were drawn swords.

Cast your burden on the Lord,
  and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
  the righteous to be moved.

But you, O God, will cast them down
  into the pit of destruction;
men of blood and treachery
  shall not live out half their days.
But I will trust in you.

Acts 27:26-44 (Listen)

But we must run aground on some island.”

When the fourteenth night had come, as we were being driven across the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors suspected that they were nearing land. So they took a sounding and found twenty fathoms. [7] A little farther on they took a sounding again and found fifteen fathoms. [8] And fearing that we might run on the rocks, they let down four anchors from the stern and prayed for day to come. And as the sailors were seeking to escape from the ship, and had lowered the ship's boat into the sea under pretense of laying out anchors from the bow, Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.” Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the ship's boat and let it go.

As day was about to dawn, Paul urged them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have continued in suspense and without food, having taken nothing. Therefore I urge you to take some food. For it will give you strength, for not a hair is to perish from the head of any of you.” And when he had said these things, he took bread, and giving thanks to God in the presence of all he broke it and began to eat. Then they all were encouraged and ate some food themselves. (We were in all 276 [9] persons in the ship.) And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea.

The Shipwreck

Now when it was day, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned if possible to run the ship ashore. So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the ropes that tied the rudders. Then hoisting the foresail to the wind they made for the beach. But striking a reef, [10] they ran the vessel aground. The bow stuck and remained immovable, and the stern was being broken up by the surf. The soldiers' plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any should swim away and escape. But the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and make for the land, and the rest on planks or on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all were brought safely to land.


[1] 53:1 Probably musical or liturgical terms
[2] 53:2 Or who act wisely
[3] 54:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
[4] 54:3 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Targum insolent men (compare Psalm 86:14)
[5] 55:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
[6] 55:20 Hebrew He
[7] 27:28 About 120 feet; a fathom (Greek orguia) was about 6 feet or 2 meters
[8] 27:28 About 90 feet (see previous note)
[9] 27:37 Some manuscripts seventy-six, or about seventy-six
[10] 27:41 Or sandbank, or crosscurrent; Greek place between two seas



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