Day 211

Daily Bible Reading

(ESV: Through The Bible)

Psalms 59-61 (Listen)

Deliver Me from My Enemies

To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam of David, when Saul sent men to watch his house in order to kill him.

59:1 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
  protect me from those who rise up against me;
deliver me from those who work evil,
  and save me from bloodthirsty men.

For behold, they lie in wait for my life;
  fierce men stir up strife against me.
For no transgression or sin of mine, O LORD,
  for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.
Awake, come to meet me, and see!
  You, LORD God of hosts, are God of Israel.
Rouse yourself to punish all the nations;
  spare none of those who treacherously plot evil.     Selah

Each evening they come back,
  howling like dogs
  and prowling about the city.
There they are, bellowing with their mouths
  with swords in their lips—
  for “Who,” they think, “will hear us?”

But you, O LORD, laugh at them;
  you hold all the nations in derision.
O my Strength, I will watch for you,
  for you, O God, are my fortress.
My God in his steadfast love will meet me;
  God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.

Kill them not, lest my people forget;
  make them totter by your power and bring them down,
  O Lord, our shield!
For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips,
  let them be trapped in their pride.
For the cursing and lies that they utter,
  consume them in wrath;
  consume them till they are no more,
that they may know that God rules over Jacob
  to the ends of the earth.     Selah

Each evening they come back,
  howling like dogs
  and prowling about the city.
They wander about for food
  and growl if they do not get their fill.

But I will sing of your strength;
  I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been to me a fortress
  and a refuge in the day of my distress.
O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
  for you, O God, are my fortress,
  the God who shows me steadfast love.

He Will Tread Down Our Foes

To the choirmaster: according to Shushan Eduth. A Miktam of David; for instruction; when he strove with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and when Joab on his return struck down twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt.

60:1 O God, you have rejected us, broken our defenses;
  you have been angry; oh, restore us.
You have made the land to quake; you have torn it open;
  repair its breaches, for it totters.
You have made your people see hard things;
  you have given us wine to drink that made us stagger.

You have set up a banner for those who fear you,
  that they may flee to it from the bow.     Selah
That your beloved ones may be delivered,
  give salvation by your right hand and answer us!

God has spoken in his holiness:
  “With exultation I will divide up Shechem
  and portion out the Vale of Succoth.
Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;
  Ephraim is my helmet;
  Judah is my scepter.
Moab is my washbasin;
  upon Edom I cast my shoe;
  over Philistia I shout in triumph.”

Who will bring me to the fortified city?
  Who will lead me to Edom?
Have you not rejected us, O God?
  You do not go forth, O God, with our armies.
Oh, grant us help against the foe,
  for vain is the salvation of man!
With God we shall do valiantly;
  it is he who will tread down our foes.

Lead Me to the Rock

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. Of David.

61:1 Hear my cry, O God,
  listen to my prayer;
from the end of the earth I call to you
  when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock
  that is higher than I,
for you have been my refuge,
  a strong tower against the enemy.

Let me dwell in your tent forever!
  Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings!     Selah
For you, O God, have heard my vows;
  you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

Prolong the life of the king;
  may his years endure to all generations!
May he be enthroned forever before God;
  appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him!

So will I ever sing praises to your name,
  as I perform my vows day after day.

Acts 28:16-31 (Listen)

And when we came into Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier that guarded him.

Paul in Rome

After three days he called together the local leaders of the Jews, and when they had gathered, he said to them, “Brothers, though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. When they had examined me, they wished to set me at liberty, because there was no reason for the death penalty in my case. But because the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar—though I had no charge to bring against my nation. For this reason, therefore, I have asked to see you and speak with you, since it is because of the hope of Israel that I am wearing this chain.” And they said to him, “We have received no letters from Judea about you, and none of the brothers coming here has reported or spoken any evil about you. But we desire to hear from you what your views are, for with regard to this sect we know that everywhere it is spoken against.”

When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening he expounded to them, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets. And some were convinced by what he said, but others disbelieved. And disagreeing among themselves, they departed after Paul had made one statement: “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet:

“‘Go to this people, and say,
You will indeed hear but never understand,
  and you will indeed see but never perceive.
For this people's heart has grown dull,
  and with their ears they can barely hear,
  and their eyes they have closed;
lest they should see with their eyes
  and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
  and turn, and I would heal them.’

Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.”

He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance. (ESV)


[1] 59:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
[2] 59:7 Hebrew lacks they think
[3] 59:10 Or The God who shows me steadfast love
[4] 59:11 Or wander
[5] 60:1 Probably musical or liturgical terms
[6] 60:4 Or that it may be displayed because of truth
[7] 60:6 Or sanctuary
[8] 60:8 Revocalization (compare Psalm 108:10); Masoretic Text over me, O Philistia, shout in triumph
[9] 28:28 Some manuscripts add verse 29: And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, having much dispute among themselves
[10] 28:30 Or in his own hired dwelling




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