Psalms 46–48

For the Music Director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song.

1 God is our refuge and strength,

a well-proven help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed,

and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

3 though its waters roar and foam,

though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy dwelling place of the Most High.

5 God is in the midst of her; she will not be moved;

God will help her in the early dawn.

6 The nations roared; the kingdoms were moved;

He uttered His voice; the earth melted.

7 The Lord of Hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

8 Come, see the works of the Lord,

who makes desolations in the earth.

9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;

He breaks the bow and cuts off the spear;

He burns the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.

11 The Lord of Hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Psalm 47

For the Music Director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

1 Clap your hands, all you people!

Shout to God with a joyful voice.

2 For the Lord Most High is awesome;

He is a great King over all the earth.

3 He subdued peoples under us,

and nations under our feet.

4 He chose our inheritance for us,

the excellency of Jacob whom He loved. Selah

5 God went up with a shout,

the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

6 Sing praises to God, sing praises;

sing praises to our King, sing praises.

7 For God is the King of all the earth;

sing praises with understanding.

8 God reigns over the nations;

God sits on His holy throne.

9 The princes of peoples are gathered together,

even the people of the God of Abraham.

For the shields of the earth belong to God;

He is greatly exalted.

Psalm 48

A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

1 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised

in the city of our God, in His holy mountain.

2 Beautiful in elevation,

the joy of the whole earth,

is Mount Zion, on the sides of the north,

the city of the great King.

3 God is known in her citadels

as a refuge.

4 For the kings were assembled,

they passed by together.

5 They saw it, and so they were astounded;

they were alarmed, they hurried away.

6 Trembling seized them there,

and pain like a woman in labor;

7 You break the ships of Tarshish

with an east wind.

8 As we have heard,

so have we seen

in the city of the Lord of Hosts,

in the city of our God;

God will establish it forever. Selah

9 We have thought of Your lovingkindness, O God,

in the midst of Your temple.

10 According to Your name, O God,

so is Your praise to the ends of the earth;

Your right hand is full of righteousness.

11 May Mount Zion rejoice,

may the daughters of Judah be glad,

because of Your judgments.

12 Walk about Zion, and go round about her;

count her towers;

13 mark well her bulwarks;

consider her citadels;

that you may tell it to the generation following.

14 For this God is our God forever and ever;

He will be our guide even to death.

Acts 28

1 When they had escaped, they learned that the island was called Malta. 2 The natives showed extraordinary kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because of the rain and the cold. 3 When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper driven out by the heat fastened on his hand. 4 When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “Surely this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, justice does not allow him to live.” 5 But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. 6 They expected him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But while they waited and saw no harm befall him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.

7 In that area was an estate of the chief man of the island, named Publius, who had welcomed us and courteously housed us for three days. 8 It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with a fever and dysentery. Paul visited him and, placing his hands on him, prayed and healed him. 9 When this happened, the rest on the island who had diseases also came and were healed. 10 They honored us in many ways. And when we sailed, they provided us with necessary supplies.

11 After three months we sailed in an Alexandrian ship whose figurehead was the Twin Brothers, which had wintered at the island. 12 Landing at Syracuse, we waited there for three days. 13 From there we circled around and sailed to Rhegium. After one day the south wind blew, and the next day we arrived at Puteoli. 14 There we found brothers, and were invited to remain with them for seven days. And so we went to Rome. 15 From there, when the brothers heard of us, they traveled as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage. 16 When we arrived at Rome, the centurion handed the prisoners over to the captain of the guard. But Paul was allowed to remain by himself with the soldier who guarded him.

17 After three days Paul called the leaders of the Jews together. When they had assembled, he said to them, “Brothers, having done nothing contrary to our people or the customs of our fathers, I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. 18 When they had examined me, they were determined to release me, because there was no charge against me deserving death. 19 But when the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar, not that I had any charge to bring against my nation. 20 For this reason I have asked to see you and speak with you, because I am bound with this chain for the hope of Israel.”

21 They said to him, “We have not received any letters from Judea concerning you, and none of the brothers that have come have reported or spoken any evil of you. 22 But we think it is proper to hear from you what you think. For concerning this sect, we know that it is spoken against everywhere.”

23 When they had arranged a day to be with him, many came to him at his residence. From morning until evening he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God to them, persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets. 24 Some believed what was said, but some did not believe. 25 Being in disagreement with one another, they were dismissed after Paul had said one word: “The Holy Spirit accurately spoke to our fathers through Isaiah the prophet,

26 ‘Go to this people and say:

You shall certainly hear, but never understand;

and you shall certainly see, but never perceive;

27 for the heart of this people has grown dull.

Their ears are hard of hearing,

and they have closed their eyes,

lest they should see with their eyes

and hear with their ears

and understand with their heart

and turn, and I would heal them.’

28 “Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles. They will hear it!”

29 When he had said these words, the Jews departed and disputed greatly among themselves. 30 Paul remained two whole years in his own rented house. He welcomed all who came to him, 31 boldly and freely preaching the kingdom of God and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ.