1Be merciful to me, my God, for my enemies are in hot pursuit; all day long they press their attack.2My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me.3When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.4In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?5All day long they twist my words; all their schemes are for my ruin.6They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life.7Because of their wickedness do not let them escape; in your anger, God, bring the nations down.8Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll — are they not in your record?9Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me.10In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise—11in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?12I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank offerings to you.13For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
1Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.2I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me.3He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me—God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.4I am in the midst of lions; I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts— men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords.5Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.6They spread a net for my feet— I was bowed down in distress. They dug a pit in my path— but they have fallen into it themselves.7My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.8Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.9I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples.10For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.11Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.
1Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge people with equity?2No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth.3Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.4Their venom is like the venom of a snake, like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,5that will not heed the tune of the charmer, however skillful the enchanter may be.6Break the teeth in their mouths, O God; LORD, tear out the fangs of those lions!7Let them vanish like water that flows away; when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.8May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along, like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.9Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns— whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.10The righteous will be glad when they are avenged, when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.11Then people will say, “Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God who judges the earth.”
1Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta.2The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.3Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand.4When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.”5But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.6The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.7There was an estate nearby that belonged to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us to his home and showed us generous hospitality for three days.8His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him.9When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured.10They honored us in many ways; and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed.11After three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered in the island—it was an Alexandrian ship with the figurehead of the twin gods Castor and Pollux.12We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days.13From there we set sail and arrived at Rhegium. The next day the south wind came up, and on the following day we reached Puteoli.14There we found some brothers and sisters who invited us to spend a week with them. And so we came to Rome.15The brothers and sisters there had heard that we were coming, and they traveled as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. At the sight of these people Paul thanked God and was encouraged.