Psalms 20–22

For the Music Director. A Psalm of David.

1 May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble;

may the name of the God of Jacob defend you;

2 may He send you help from the sanctuary,

and strengthen you from Zion;

3 may He remember all your offerings,

and accept your burnt offering. Selah

4 May He grant you according to your own heart,

and fulfill all your counsel.

5 We will rejoice in your salvation,

and in the name of our God we will set up our banners;

may the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

6 Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed;

He will answer him from His holy heaven

with the saving strength of His right hand.

7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses,

but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.

8 They are brought down and fallen,

but we arise and stand upright.

9 Save, Lord!

May the King answer us when we call.

Psalm 21

For the Music Director. A Psalm of David.

1 The king will rejoice in Your strength, O Lord,

and in Your salvation how greatly will he rejoice!

2 You have given him his heart’s desire,

and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah

3 For You meet him with the blessings of goodness;

You set a crown of pure gold on his head.

4 He asked life of You, and You gave it him,

length of days forever and ever.

5 His glory is great in Your salvation;

honor and majesty You set on him.

6 For You place blessings on him forever;

You make him rejoice with gladness with Your presence.

7 For the king trusts in the Lord,

and by the lovingkindness of the Most High

he will not be moved.

8 Your hand will find out all Your enemies;

Your right hand will find out those who hate You.

9 You will make them as a fiery oven

in the time of Your appearance;

the Lord will swallow them up in His wrath,

and fire will devour them.

10 You will destroy their offspring from the earth,

and their descendants from among the children of men.

11 For they intended evil against You;

they devised evil thoughts they will not be able to accomplish.

12 For You will make them turn their back,

when You aim with Your bowstrings against their face.

13 Be exalted, Lord, by Your strength;

may we sing and make music to Your might.

Psalm 22

For the Music Director. To the melody of “The Doe of the Dawn.” A Psalm of David.

1 My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?

Why are You so far from delivering me,

and from my roaring words of distress?

2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not answer;

and at night, but I have no rest.

3 But You are holy,

O You who inhabits the praises of Israel.

4 Our fathers trusted in You;

they trusted, and You did deliver them.

5 They cried to You and were delivered;

they trusted in You and were not put to shame.

6 But I am a worm, and not a man;

a reproach of men and despised by the people.

7 All who see me laugh me to scorn;

they sneer with the lip, they shake the head, saying,

8 “Trust in the Lord,

let Him deliver him;

let Him rescue him,

seeing He delights in him.”

9 But You are He who took me out of the womb;

You caused me to trust

while I was on my mother’s breasts.

10 I was cast on You from birth;

You are my God from my mother’s womb.

11 Be not far from me

for trouble is near,

for there is none to help.

12 Many bulls encircle me;

strong bulls of Bashan surround me.

13 They open their mouths against me,

as a preying and roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water,

and all my bones are out of joint;

my heart is like wax;

it is melted inside my body.

15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd,

and my tongue cleaves to my jaws;

and You have set me toward the dust of death.

16 For dogs have encompassed me;

the assembly of the wicked has enclosed me;

like a lion they pin my hands and my feet;

17 I can count all my bones;

they look and stare on me.

18 They part my garments among them

and cast lots for my clothes.

19 But do not be far from me, O Lord;

O my Help, hasten to my aid.

20 Rescue my soul from the sword,

my only life from the power of the dog.

21 Save me from the lion’s mouth,

and from the horns of the wild ox, answer me!

22 I will declare Your name to my community;

in the midst of the congregation I will praise You.

23 You who fear the Lord, praise Him;

all you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him,

and stand in awe of Him, all you descendants of Israel.

24 For He has not despised nor abhorred

the affliction of the afflicted;

nor has He hid His face from him;

but when he cried to Him, He heard.

25 From You my praise will be in the great congregation;

I will pay my vows before those who fear Him.

26 The meek will eat and be satisfied;

those who seek Him will praise the Lord.

May your hearts live forever.

27 All the ends of the world

will remember and turn to the Lord,

and all the families of the nations

will worship before You.

28 For kingship belongs to the Lord,

and He rules among the nations.

29 All the prosperous ones of the earth will eat and worship;

all who go down to the dust will bow before Him,

even he who cannot keep his own soul alive.

30 Posterity will serve Him;

it will be told to generations about the Lord;

31 they will come and declare His righteousness

to a people yet to be born,

that He has acted.

Acts 21:1–17

1 When we had withdrawn from them and set sail, we went on a straight course to Cos, the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara. 2 We found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, went aboard, and set sail. 3 Having come in sight of Cyprus, we passed to the south of it and sailed to Syria, and landed at Tyre, for there the ship’s cargo was to be unloaded. 4 When we found the disciples, we remained there seven days. They told Paul through the Spirit not to go up to Jerusalem. 5 But when our days were over, we parted and traveled on. Everyone, with wives and children, escorted us until we were outside the city. And we knelt on the shore and prayed. 6 After bidding farewell to one another, we boarded the ship, and they returned home.

7 We finished the voyage from Tyre when we landed at Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and stayed with them for one day. 8 The next day we who were Paul’s companions departed, and arrived at Caesarea, and entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. 9 He had four virgin daughters who prophesied.

10 While we stayed there many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11 When he had arrived, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own hands and feet, saying, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this manner the Jews at Jerusalem shall bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’”

12 When we heard these things, both we and the residents implored him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 When he would not be persuaded, we kept silent and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.”

15 After those days we got ready and went up to Jerusalem. 16 Some of the disciples from Caesarea went with us and brought with them Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we should lodge.

17 When we had come to Jerusalem, the brothers received us gladly.