Psalms 1–3

1 Blessed is the man

who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,

nor stands in the path of sinners,

nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,

and in His law he meditates day and night.

3 He will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,

that brings forth its fruit in its season;

its leaf will not wither,

and whatever he does will prosper.

4 The ungodly are not so,

but are like the chaff

which the wind drives away.

5 Therefore the ungodly will not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,

but the way of the ungodly will perish.

Psalm 2

1 Why do the nations rage,

and the peoples plot in vain?

2 The kings of the earth set themselves,

and the rulers take counsel together,

against the Lord

and against His anointed, saying,

3 “Let us tear off their bonds

and cast away their ropes from us.”

4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;

the Lord ridicules them.

5 Then He will speak to them in His wrath

and terrify them in His burning anger:

6 “I have installed My king

on Zion, My holy hill.”

7 I will declare the decree of the Lord:

He said to me, “You are My son;

this day have I begotten you.

8 Ask of Me,

and I will give you the nations for your inheritance,

and the ends of the earth for your possession.

9 You will break them with a scepter of iron;

you will dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

10 Now then, you kings, be wise;

be admonished, you judges of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear;

tremble with trepidation!

12 Kiss the son, lest He become angry,

and you perish in the way,

for His wrath kindles in a flash.

Blessed are all who seek refuge in Him.

Psalm 3

A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.

1 Lord, how my foes have multiplied!

Many rise up against me!

2 Many are saying about my life,

“There is no help for him in God.”            Selah

3 But You, O Lord, are a shield for me,

my glory and the One who raises up my head.

4 I cried to the Lord with my voice,

and He answered me from His holy hill.    Selah

5 I lay down and slept;

I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.

6 I will not be afraid of multitudes of people

who have set themselves against me all around.

7 Arise, O Lord;

save me, O my God!

For You have struck all my enemies on the cheek;

You have broken the teeth of the wicked.

8 Salvation belongs to the Lord.

Your blessing is on Your people.  Selah

Acts 17:1–15

1 When they had traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 According to his custom, Paul went in, and on three Sabbaths he lectured to them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that the Christ had to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I preach to you, is the Christ.” 4 Some of them were persuaded and joined with Paul and Silas, including a great crowd of devout Greeks and many leading women.

5 But the Jews who did not believe became jealous and, taking some evil men from the marketplace, gathered a crowd, stirred up the city, and attacked the house of Jason, trying to bring them out to the mob. 6 But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brothers to the city officials, crying out, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, 7 and Jason has received them. They are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.” 8 They troubled the crowd and the city officials when they heard these things. 9 When they had taken a bail payment from Jason and the rest, they released them.

10 The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with all eagerness, daily examining the Scriptures, to find out if these things were so. 12 Therefore many of them believed, including honorable Greek women and many Greek men.

13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica learned that the word of God was preached by Paul at Berea, they came there also, stirring up the crowds. 14 The brothers immediately sent Paul away to the sea. But Silas and Timothy remained there. 15 Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and departed with instructions for Silas and Timothy to come to him quickly.