Psalms 23–25

A Psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside still waters.

3 He restores my soul;

He leads me in paths of righteousness

for His name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk

through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil;

for You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff,

they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup runs over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord


Psalm 24

A Psalm of David.

1 The earth belongs to the Lord, and its fullness,

the world, and those who dwell in it.

2 For He has founded it on the seas,

and established it on the floods.

3 Who may ascend the hill of the Lord?

Who may stand in His holy place?

4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart;

who has not lifted up his soul unto vanity,

nor sworn deceitfully.

5 He will receive the blessing from the Lord,

and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

6 This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,

who seek Your face. Selah

7 Lift up your heads, O you gates;

and be lifted up, you everlasting doors,

that the King of glory may enter.

8 Who is this King of glory?

The Lord strong and mighty,

the Lord mighty in battle.

9 Lift up your heads, O you gates;

lift up, you everlasting doors,

that the King of glory may enter.

10 Who is He—this King of glory?

The Lord of Hosts,

He is the King of glory. Selah

Psalm 25

A Psalm of David.

1 To You, O Lord,

do I lift up my soul.

2 O my God, I trust in You;

may I not be ashamed;

may my enemies not triumph over me.

3 Yes, let none who wait on You

be ashamed;

let them be ashamed

who transgress without cause.

4 Make me to know Your ways, O Lord;

teach me Your paths.

5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me,

for You are the God of my salvation;

on You I wait all the day.

6 Remember Your mercies, O Lord, and Your lovingkindness,

for they are from old.

7 Do not remember the sins of my youth

or my transgressions;

according to Your lovingkindness remember me,

on account of Your goodness, O Lord.

8 Good and upright is the Lord;

therefore He will teach sinners in the way.

9 The meek will He guide in judgment,

and the meek He will teach His way.

10 All the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness and truth,

for those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.

11 For Your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity,

for it is great.

12 Who is the man who fears the Lord?

He will teach him in the way He should choose.

13 He will dwell at ease,

and his descendants will inherit the land.

14 The counsel of the Lord is with those who fear him,

and He will make His covenant known to them.

15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord,

for He will lead my feet from the net.

16 Turn to me, and be gracious to me,

for I am isolated and afflicted.

17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged;

bring me out of my distresses.

18 Look on my pain and misery,

and forgive all my sins.

19 Consider my enemies, for they are many,

and they hate me with violent hatred.

20 Watch over my life, and deliver me!

Let me not suffer shame,

for I seek refuge in You.

21 Truth and integrity will preserve me

while I wait for You.

22 Redeem Israel, O God,

out of all their troubles.

Acts 21:18–39

18 On the next day Paul went with us to James, and all the elders were present. 19 He greeted them and recounted one by one what God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.

20 When they heard this, they glorified the Lord. Then they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are who believe, and they are all zealous for the law. 21 They have been informed concerning you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children nor to observe the customs. 22 What then shall be done? The assembly will certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come. 23 Therefore do what we tell you. We have four men who have taken a vow. 24 Take these men and be purified with them, and pay their expenses so that they may have their heads shaved. Then all will know that what they were told concerning you is nothing, but that you yourself live in observance of the law. 25 As for the Gentiles who believe, we have written and concluded that they should observe no such thing, except that they abstain from food offered to idols, from sexual immorality, from strangled animals, and from blood.”

26 Then on the next day, Paul took the men and purified himself with them. And he went into the temple, announcing when the days of purification would be complete and an offering would be given for each one of them.

27 When the seven days were nearly concluded, the Jews from Asia saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him, 28 crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man teaching all men everywhere against the people and the law and this place. He even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.” 29 For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with him, whom they supposed Paul had brought into the temple.

30 Then the whole city was provoked, and the people ran together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple. And immediately the doors were shut. 31 While they were trying to kill him, news came up to the commander of the battalion of soldiers that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. 32 He at once took soldiers and centurions, and ran down to them. When they saw the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.

33 Then the commander came and arrested him, and ordered that he be bound with two chains. Then he asked who he was and what he had done. 34 Some in the crowd shouted one thing, some another. As he could not learn the truth because of the uproar, he commanded that he be brought into the barracks. 35 When he came onto the stairs, he was carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the people. 36 For the mob of people followed, crying out, “Away with him!”

37 As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the commander, “May I speak to you?”

He replied, “Do you know how to speak Greek? 38 Are you not the Egyptian who in past days caused an uproar and led the four thousand men of the Sicarii out into the wilderness?”

39 Paul said, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus of Cilicia, a citizen of no common city. I beg of you, permit me to speak to the people.”