July 14

Psalms 10–12

1 Why do You stand far off, O Lord?

Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?

2 In arrogance the wicked persecutes the poor;

let them be caught in the devices they have planned.

3 For the wicked boasts of his soul’s desire;

he blesses the greedy and despises the Lord.

4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek God;

God is not in all his thoughts.

5 His ways are always prosperous;

Your judgments are high and distant from him;

as for all his enemies, he scoffs at them.

6 He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved;

for generations I shall not meet adversity.”

7 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;

under his tongue is mischief and iniquity.

8 He sits in the lurking places of the villages;

in the secret places he murders the innocent;

his eyes lurk against the unfortunate.

9 He lies in wait secretly as a lion in his den;

he lies in wait to catch the poor;

he catches the poor, drawing them into his net.

10 He crouches; he lies low,

so that the unfortunate fall by his strength.

11 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten;

He hides His face; He will never see it.”

12 Arise, O Lord! O God, lift up Your hand!

Do not forget the humble.

13 Why do the wicked despise God?

They say in their heart,

“You will not require an account.”

14 You have seen it, for You observe trouble and grief,

to repay it with Your hand.

The unfortunate one entrusts it to You;

You are the helper of the orphan.

15 Break the arm of the wicked and the evil man;

seek out his wickedness

until You find none.

16 The Lord is King forever and ever;

the nations perished from His land.

17 The desire of the humble You have heard, O Lord;

You make their heart attentive; You bend Your ear

18 to judge the orphan and the oppressed;

man on earth no longer trembles.

Psalm 11

For the Music Director. A Psalm of David.

1 In the Lord I seek refuge;

how do you say to my soul,

“Flee as a bird to your mountain,

2 for the wicked bend their bow;

they make ready their arrow on the string,

that they may treacherously shoot

the upright in heart.

3 If the foundations are broken,

what can the righteous do?”

4 The Lord is in His holy temple,

His throne is in heaven;

His eyes see,

His eyes examine mankind.

5 The Lord tests the righteous,

but the wicked and one who loves violence

His soul hates.

6 Upon the wicked He will rain

coals of fire and brimstone and a burning wind;

this will be the portion of their cup.

7 For the righteous Lord

loves righteousness;

His countenance beholds the upright.

Psalm 12

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

1 Help, Lord, for the godly man comes to an end,

for the faithful disappear from sons of men.

2 They speak empty words, each with his own neighbor;

they speak with flattering lips and a double heart.

3 The Lord will cut off all flattering lips,

and the tongue that speaks proud things,

4 who have said, “With our tongue will we prevail;

our lips are in our control, who is master over us?”

5 “Because the poor are plundered,

because the needy sigh,

now I will arise,” says the Lord;

“I will place him in the safety for which he yearns.”

6 The words of the Lord are pure words;

they are silver tried in an earthen furnace

refined seven times.

7 You will keep them, O Lord;

You will preserve them from this generation.

8 The wicked walk on every side,

when the worthless of mankind are exalted.

Acts 19:1–20

1 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the upper regions and came to Ephesus. He found some disciples 2 and said to them, “Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed?”

They said to him, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

3 He said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?”

They said, “Into John’s baptism.”

4 Paul said, “John indeed baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people that they should believe in the One coming after him, that is, in Christ Jesus.” 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve men in all.

8 He went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, lecturing and persuading concerning the kingdom of God. 9 But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the crowd, he withdrew from them and took the disciples, lecturing daily in the school of Tyrannus. 10 This continued for two years, so that all who lived in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.

11 God worked powerful miracles by the hands of Paul. 12 So handkerchiefs or aprons he had touched were brought to the sick, and the diseases left them, and the evil spirits went out of them.

13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists invoked the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We command you to come out in the name of Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 14 There were seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva doing this. 15 The evil spirit answered, “I know Jesus, and I know Paul, but who are you?” 16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was jumped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled from that house naked and wounded.

17 This became known to all Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus. And fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. 18 Many who believed came confessing and telling their deeds. 19 Many who practiced magic brought their books together and burned them before everyone. They calculated their value, which equaled fifty thousand drachmas. 20 So the word of the Lord powerfully grew and spread.