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Psalm 18; Psalm 19; Acts 20:17-38

1 I love You, Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my mountain where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I was saved from my enemies. 4 The ropes of death were wrapped around me; the torrents of destruction terrified me. 5 The ropes of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me. 6 I called to the Lord in my distress, and I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry to Him reached His ears. 7 Then the earth shook and quaked; the foundations of the mountains trembled; they shook because He burned with anger. 8 Smoke rose from His nostrils, and consuming fire [came] from His mouth; coals were set ablaze by it. 9 He parted the heavens and came down, a dark cloud beneath His feet. 10 He rode on a cherub and flew, soaring on the wings of the wind. 11 He made darkness His hiding place, dark storm clouds His canopy around Him. 12 From the radiance of His presence, His clouds swept onward with hail and blazing coals. 13 The Lord thundered from heaven; the Most High projected His voice. 14 He shot His arrows and scattered them; He hurled lightning bolts and routed them. 15 The depths of the sea became visible, the foundations of the world were exposed, at Your rebuke, Lord, at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils. 16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He pulled me out of deep waters. 17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me. 18 They confronted me in the day of my distress, but the Lord was my support. 19 He brought me out to a wide-open place; He rescued me because He delighted in me. 20 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; He repaid me according to the cleanness of my hands. 21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord and have not turned from my God to wickedness. 22 Indeed, I have kept all His ordinances in mind and have not disregarded His statutes. 23 I was blameless toward Him and kept myself from sinning. 24 So the Lord repaid me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in His sight. 25 With the faithful You prove Yourself faithful; with the blameless man You prove Yourself blameless; 26 with the pure You prove Yourself pure, but with the crooked You prove Yourself shrewd. 27 For You rescue an afflicted people, but You humble those with haughty eyes. 28 Lord, You light my lamp; my God illuminates my darkness. 29 With You I can attack a barrier, and with my God I can leap over a wall. 30 God-His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is pure. He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. 31 For who is God besides the Lord? And who is a rock? Only our God. 32 God-He clothes me with strength and makes my way perfect. 33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer and sets me securely on the heights. 34 He trains my hands for war; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. 35 You have given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand upholds me, and Your humility exalts me. 36 You widen [a place] beneath me for my steps, and my ankles do not give way. 37 I pursue my enemies and overtake them; I do not turn back until they are wiped out. 38 I crush them, and they cannot get up; they fall beneath my feet. 39 You have clothed me with strength for battle; You subdue my adversaries beneath me. 40 You have made my enemies retreat before me; I annihilate those who hate me. 41 They cry for help, but there is no one to save [them]- [they cry]to the Lord, but He does not answer them. 42 I pulverize them like dust before the wind; I trample them like mud in the streets. 43 You have freed me from the feuds among the people; You have appointed me the head of nations; a people I had not known serve me. 44 Foreigners submit to me grudgingly; as soon as they hear, they obey me. 45 Foreigners lose heart and come trembling from their fortifications. 46 The Lord lives-may my rock be praised! The God of my salvation is exalted. 47 God-He gives me vengeance and subdues peoples under me. 48 He frees me from my enemies. You exalt me above my adversaries; You rescue me from violent men. 49 Therefore I will praise You, Lord, among the nations; I will sing about Your name. 50 He gives great victories to His king; He shows loyalty to His anointed, to David and his descendants forever.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands. 2 Day after day they pour out speech; night after night they communicate knowledge. 3 There is no speech; there are no words; their voice is not heard. 4 Their message has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the inhabited world. In the heavens He has pitched a tent for the sun. 5 It is like a groom coming from the bridal chamber; it rejoices like an athlete running a course. 6 It rises from one end of the heavens and circles to their other end; nothing is hidden from its heat. 7 The instruction of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise. 8 The precepts of the Lord are right, making the heart glad; the commandment of the Lord is radiant, making the eyes light up. 9 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are reliable and altogether righteous. 10 They are more desirable than gold- than an abundance of pure gold; and sweeter than honey- than honey dripping from the comb. 11 In addition, Your servant is warned by them; there is great reward in keeping them. 12 Who perceives his unintentional sins? Cleanse me from my hidden faults. 13 Moreover, keep Your servant from willful sins; do not let them rule over me. Then I will be innocent, and cleansed from blatant rebellion. 14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.
17 Now from Miletus, he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church. 18 And when they came to him, he said to them: "You know, from the first day I set foot in Asia, how I was with you the whole time- 19 serving the Lord with all humility, with tears, and with the trials that came to me through the plots of the Jews- 20 and that I did not shrink back from proclaiming to you anything that was profitable, or from teaching it to you in public and from house to house. 21 I testified to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus. 22 "And now I am on my way to Jerusalem, bound in my spirit, not knowing what I will encounter there, 23 except that in town after town the Holy Spirit testifies to me that chains and afflictions are waiting for me. 24 But I count my life of no value to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God's grace. 25 "And now I know that none of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will ever see my face again. 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of everyone's blood, 27 for I did not shrink back from declaring to you the whole plan of God. 28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among whom the Holy Spirit has appointed you as overseers, to shepherd the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood. 29 I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 And men from among yourselves will rise up with deviant doctrines to lure the disciples into following them. 31 Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning each one of you with tears. 32 "And now I commit you to God and to the message of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance among all who are sanctified. 33 I have not coveted anyone's silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands have provided for my needs, and for those who were with me. 35 In every way I've shown you that by laboring like this, it is necessary to help the weak and to keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, for He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' " 36 After he said this, he knelt down and prayed with all of them. 37 There was a great deal of weeping by everyone. And embracing Paul, they kissed him, 38 grieving most of all over his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they escorted him to the ship.
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