Psalms 16–17

A Miktam of David.

1 Preserve me, O God,

for in You I take refuge.

2 I have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord;

my welfare has no existence outside of You.”

3 For the holy ones who are in the land,

they are the majestic ones; in them is all my delight.

4 Those who chase after other gods,

their sorrows will be multiplied;

their drink offerings of blood I will not offer,

nor lift their names on my lips.

5 The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup;

You support my lot.

6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;

yes, an inheritance is beautiful for me.

7 I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel;

my affections also instruct me in the night seasons.

8 I have set the Lord always before me;

because He is at my right hand,

I will not be moved.

9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;

my flesh also will rest in security.

10 For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,

nor will You suffer Your godly one to see corruption.

11 You will make known to me the path of life;

in Your presence is fullness of joy;

at Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 17

A Prayer of David.

1 Hear a just cause, O Lord,

attend to my cry;

give ear to my prayer

that is not spoken from deceitful lips.

2 May my sentence go out from Your presence;

may Your eyes see rightly.

3 You have examined my heart; You have visited me in the night;

You have tried me and found nothing;

I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.

4 Concerning the works of men,

by the word of Your lips

I have avoided

the paths of the violent,

5 placing my steps in Your paths,

that my footsteps do not slip.

6 I called on You, for You will answer me, O God;

incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.

7 Show marvelously Your lovingkindness,

O Deliverer of those who seek refuge

by Your right hand from those who arise in opposition.

8 Keep me as the apple of Your eye;

hide me under the shadow of Your wings,

9 from the wicked who bring ruin to me,

from my deadly enemies who surround me.

10 They close their hard hearts;

with their mouth they speak proudly.

11 They have now encircled us in our steps;

they have set their eyes to bend down to the earth;

12 it is like a lion that is anxious to rip its prey,

and as a young lion lurking in secrecy.

13 Arise, O Lord! Confront him, cast him down!

Deliver my soul from the wicked by Your sword,

14 from men by Your hand, O Lord,

from men of the world whose portion is in this life.

You fill their belly with Your treasure;

they are satisfied with children,

and they leave their abundance to their infants.

15 As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness;

I will be satisfied when I awake with Your likeness.

Acts 20:1–16

1 After the uproar ceased, Paul summoned the disciples and embraced them and departed for Macedonia. 2 When he had gone through that region and had greatly exhorted them, he arrived in Greece, 3 and stayed there three months. When the Jews plotted against him as he was about to sail to Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia. 4 Accompanying him to Asia were Sopater of Berea, and Aristarchus and Secundus of Thessalonica, Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia. 5 These men went forward and waited for us at Troas. 6 But we sailed away from Philippi after the Days of Unleavened Bread, and after five days we came to them at Troas, where we stayed for seven days.

7 On the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to leave the next day, preached to them and continued his message until midnight. 8 There were many lamps in the upper room where they were assembled. 9 A young man named Eutychus sat in the window, falling into a deep sleep as Paul spoke for a longer time. Being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third floor and was taken up dead. 10 Paul went down and leaned over him, and embracing him said, “Do not be troubled, for he is alive.” 11 When he had gone up and had broken bread and eaten, he conversed for a long while until dawn and departed. 12 They took the lad in alive and were greatly comforted.

13 We went ahead to the ship and sailed to Assos, intending to take Paul on board there. For he had arranged this, intending to go on foot. 14 When he met us at Assos, we took him on board and went to Mitylene. 15 The day after sailing from there we arrived off Chios. And the next day we crossed over to Samos and stayed at Trogyllium, and the following day we came to Miletus. 16 Paul had decided to sail by Ephesus, to avoid spending time in Asia. For he was hurrying so he could be in Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.