1Ascribe to the LORD, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.2Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.3The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.4The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic.5The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.6He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox.7The voice of the LORD strikes with flashes of lightning.8The voice of the LORD shakes the desert; the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.9The voice of the LORD twists the oaksand strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”10The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever.11The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.
1I will exalt you, LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.2LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.3You, LORD, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit.4Sing the praises of the LORD, you his faithful people; praise his holy name.5For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.6When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.”7LORD, when you favored me, you made my royal mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.8To you, LORD, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy:9“What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness?10Hear, LORD, and be merciful to me; LORD, be my help.”11You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,12that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. LORD my God, I will praise you forever.
22Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas, men who were leaders among the believers.23With them they sent the following letter: The apostles and elders, your brothers, To the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia: Greetings.24We have heard that some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they said.25So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul—26men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.27Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas to confirm by word of mouth what we are writing.28It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements:29You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. FAREWELL.30So the men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter.31The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.32Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers.33After spending some time there, they were sent off by the believers with the blessing of peace to return to those who had sent them.35But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord.36Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.”37Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them,38but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work.39They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,40but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord.41He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.