Psalms 4–6

For the Music Director. With stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

1 Hear me when I call,

O God of my righteousness!

You have given me relief when I was in distress;

have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

2 O people, how long will you turn my glory into shame?

How long will you love vanity and seek after lies?  Selah

3 Know that the Lord set apart the faithful for Himself;

the Lord hears when I call to Him.

4 Tremble in awe, and do not sin.

Commune with your own heart on your bed,

and be still.        Selah

5 Offer sacrifices of righteousness,

and trust in the Lord.

6 Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?”

Lift up the light of Your face over us.

7 You have placed gladness in my heart

that is better than when their corn and their new wine abound.

8 I will both lie down in peace and sleep;

for You, Lord,

make me dwell safely and securely.

Psalm 5

For the Music Director. With the flutes. A Psalm of David.

1 Give ear to my words, O Lord;

consider my meditation.

2 Listen to the voice of my cry,

my King and my God,

for to You will I pray.

3 O Lord, in the morning You will hear my voice;

in the morning I will direct my prayer to You,

and I will watch expectantly.

4 For You are not a God who has pleasure in wickedness,

nor will evil dwell with You.

5 Those who boast will not stand in Your sight;

You hate all workers of iniquity.

6 You will destroy those who speak lies;

the Lord abhors

the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

7 But as for me, in the abundance of Your mercy

I will enter Your house;

in fear of You I will worship

at Your holy temple.

8 Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness

because of my enemies;

make Your way straight before me.

9 For there is no uprightness in their mouth;

destruction is in their midst;

their throat is an open tomb;

they flatter with their tongue.

10 Declare them guilty, O God;

may they fall by their own counsels;

cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions,

for they have rebelled against You.

11 But may all those who seek refuge in You rejoice;

may they ever shout for joy,

because You defend them;

may those who love Your name be joyful in You.

12 For You, Lord, will bless the righteous;

You surround him with favor like a shield.

Psalm 6

For the Music Director. With stringed instruments. According to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.

1 O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger,

nor discipline me in the heat of Your anger.

2 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am weak;

O Lord, heal me, for my bones are terrified.

3 My soul is greatly troubled,

but You, O Lord, how long?

4 Return, O Lord, rescue my soul.

Save me for the sake of Your lovingkindness.

5 For in death there is no remembrance of You;

in Sheol who will give You thanks?

6 I am weary with my groaning;

all night I flood my bed with weeping;

I drench my couch with my tears.

7 My eye wastes away from grief;

it grows weak because of all those hostile to me.

8 Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity;

for the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.

9 The Lord has heard my supplication;

the Lord accepts my prayer.

10 May all my enemies be ashamed and greatly terrified;

may they turn back and be suddenly ashamed.

Acts 17:16–34

16 While Paul waited for them in Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. 17 Therefore he disputed in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to be there. 18 Then some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, “What will this babbler say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods,” because he preached Jesus and the resurrection to them. 19 They took hold of him and led him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new doctrine is of which you speak? 20 For you are bringing strange things to our ears. Therefore we want to know what these things mean.” 21 For all the Athenians and foreigners who lived there spent their time in nothing else, but either telling or hearing something new.

22 Then Paul stood in the middle of the Areopagus, and said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious. 23 For as I passed by and looked up at your objects of worship, I found an altar with this inscription:


Whom you therefore unknowingly worship, Him I proclaim to you.

24 “God who made the world and all things in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by hands. 25 Nor is He served by men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives all men life and breath and all things. 26 He has made from one blood every nation of men to live on the entire face of the earth, having appointed fixed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they should seek the Lord so perhaps they might reach for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. 28 ‘For in Him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are His offspring.’

29 “Therefore since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to suppose that the Deity is like gold or silver or stone or an engraved work of art or an image of the reflection of man. 30 God overlooked the times of ignorance, but now He commands all men everywhere to repent. 31 For He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by a Man whom He has appointed, having given assurance of this to all men by raising Him from the dead.”

32 When they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some scoffed. But others said, “We will hear you again concerning this matter.” 33 So Paul departed from them. 34 However, some men joined him and believed. Among them were Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.