Psalms 13–15

For the Music Director. A Psalm of David.

1 How long, O Lord? Will You forget me for good?

How long will you hide Your face from me?

2 How long will I harbor cares in my soul

and sorrow in my heart by day?

How long will my enemy loom over me?

3 Take note and answer me, O Lord my God!

Brighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,

4 lest my enemy say, “I have him,”

lest my foes exult when I stumble.

5 I for my part confide in Your kindness;

may my heart exult in Your salvation!

6 I will sing to the Lord,

because He has dealt bountifully with me.

Psalm 14

For the Music Director. A Psalm of David.

1 The fool has said in his heart,

“There is no God.”

They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,

there is none who does good.

2 The Lord looks down from heaven

on the children of men,

to see if there are any who understand,

who seek God.

3 They all turn aside,

together they become corrupt;

there is none who does good,

not even one.

4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge,

who eat my people as they eat bread,

but do not call on the Lord?

5 There they were in great fear,

for God is with the generation of the righteous.

6 You shame the counsel of the poor,

but the Lord is his refuge.

7 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come from Zion!

When the Lord turns back the captivity of His people,

Jacob will rejoice, and Israel will be glad.

Psalm 15

A Psalm of David.

1 Lord, who will abide in Your tabernacle?

Who will dwell in Your holy hill?

2 He who walks uprightly,

and does righteousness,

and speaks truth in his heart;

3 he who does not slander with the tongue

and does no evil to his neighbor,

nor bears a reproach against his friend;

4 in whose eyes a vile person is despised,

but who honors those who fear the Lord;

he who swears to avoid evil

and does not change;

5 he who does not put his money out to usury,

nor take a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things

will never be moved.

Acts 19:21–41

21 After these things happened, Paul determined in his spirit to pass through Macedonia and Achaia and go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” 22 He sent two who ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus, into Macedonia, but he delayed in Asia for a time.

23 About that time great trouble arose about the Way. 24 For a silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines for Artemis, brought much business to the craftsmen. 25 He gathered them together with the workmen of similar trades and said, “Men, you know that by this trade we have our wealth. 26 And you see and hear, not only at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, that this Paul has persuaded and turned away many people, saying that these things made by hands are not gods. 27 Now not only is our trade in danger of coming into disrepute, but also the temple of the great goddess Artemis, whom all Asia and the world worship, may be discredited and her magnificence destroyed.”

28 When they heard this, they were full of anger and cried out, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” 29 The city was filled with confusion. And in unison they seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and rushed into the theater. 30 When Paul intended to go in among the crowd, the disciples would not let him. 31 Even some of the rulers of Asia, who were his friends, sent to him begging him not to venture into the theater.

32 The assembly was confused. Therefore some cried out one thing and some another, and most of them did not know why they had come together. 33 The Jews pushed Alexander to the front as the crowd prompted him. Alexander motioned with his hand, wishing to make his defense to the mob. 34 But when they learned that he was a Jew, for about two hours they all with one voice cried out, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”

35 The city clerk quieted the crowd and said, “Men of Ephesus, what man is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of the image which fell from heaven? 36 Seeing then that these things are undeniable, you ought to be quiet and do nothing rash. 37 For you have brought these men here who are neither temple robbers nor blasphemers of your goddess. 38 So if Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint against anyone, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. Let them press charges against one another. 39 If you seek anything further, it shall be settled in the legal assembly. 40 For we are in danger of being charged with rioting today, since there is no reason we may give to account for this uproar.” 41 When he had said this, he dismissed the assembly.