Psalm 16; Psalm 17; Acts 20:1-16

1 Protect me, God, for I take refuge in You. 2 I said to the Lord, "You are my Lord; I have no good besides You." 3 As for the holy people who are in the land, they are the noble ones in whom is all my delight. 4 The sorrows of those who take another [god] for themselves multiply; I will not pour out their drink offerings of blood, and I will not speak their names with my lips. 5 Lord, You are my portion and my cup [of blessing]; You hold my future. 6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. 7 I will praise the Lord who counsels me- even at night my conscience instructs me. 8 I keep the Lord in mind always. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my spirit rejoices; my body also rests securely. 10 For You will not abandon me to Sheol; You will not allow Your Faithful One to see the Pit. 11 You reveal the path of life to me; in Your presence is abundant joy; in Your right hand are eternal pleasures.
1 Lord, hear a just cause; pay attention to my cry; listen to my prayer- from lips free of deceit. 2 Let my vindication come from You, [for] You see what is right. 3 You have tested my heart; You have visited by night; You have tried me and found nothing [evil]; I have determined that my mouth will not sin. 4 Concerning what people do: by the word of Your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent. 5 My steps are on Your paths; my feet have not slipped. 6 I call on You, God, because You will answer me; listen closely to me; hear what I say. 7 Display the wonders of Your faithful love, Savior of all who seek refuge from those who rebel against Your right hand. 8 Guard me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings 9 from the wicked who treat me violently, my deadly enemies who surround me. 10 They have become hardened; their mouths speak arrogantly. 11 They advance against me; now they surround me. They are determined to throw [me] to the ground. 12 They are like a lion eager to tear, like a young lion lurking in ambush. 13 Rise up, Lord! Confront him; bring him down. With Your sword, save me from the wicked. 14 With Your hand, Lord, [save me] from men, from men of the world, whose portion is in this life: You fill their bellies with what You have in store, their sons are satisfied, and they leave their surplus to their children. 15 But I will see Your face in righteousness; when I awake, I will be satisfied with Your presence.
1 After the uproar was over, Paul sent for the disciples, encouraged them, and after saying good-bye, departed to go to Macedonia. 2 And when he had passed through those areas and exhorted them at length, he came to Greece 3 and stayed three months. When he was about to set sail for Syria, a plot was devised against him by the Jews, so a decision was made to go back through Macedonia. 4 He was accompanied by Sopater, son of Pyrrhus, from Beroea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus from Asia. 5 These men went on ahead and waited for us in Troas, 6 but we sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread. In five days we reached them at Troas, where we spent seven days. 7 On the first day of the week, we assembled to break bread. Paul spoke to them, and since he was about to depart the next day, he extended his message until midnight. 8 There were many lamps in the room upstairs where we were assembled, 9 and a young man named Eutychus was sitting on a window sill and sank into a deep sleep as Paul kept on speaking. When he was overcome by sleep he fell down from the third story, and was picked up dead. 10 But Paul went down, threw himself on him, embraced him, and said, "Don't be alarmed, for his life is in him!" 11 After going upstairs, breaking the bread, and eating, he conversed a considerable time until dawn. Then he left. 12 They brought the boy home alive and were greatly comforted. 13 Then we went on ahead to the ship and sailed for Assos, from there intending to take Paul on board. For these were his instructions, since he himself was going by land. 14 When he met us at Assos, we took him on board and came to Mitylene. 15 Sailing from there, the next day we arrived off Chios. The following day we crossed over to Samos, and the day after, we came to Miletus. 16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus so he would not have to spend time in the province of Asia, because he was hurrying to be in Jerusalem, if possible, for the day of Pentecost.
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