1LORD my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me,2or they will tear me apart like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.3LORD my God, if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands—4if I have repaid my ally with evil or without cause have robbed my foe—5then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground and make me sleep in the dust.6Arise, LORD, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies. Awake, my God; decree justice.7Let the assembled peoples gather around you, while you sit enthroned over them on high.8Let the LORD judge the peoples. Vindicate me, LORD, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High.9Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure— you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts.10My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.11God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day.12If he does not relent, he will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.13He has prepared his deadly weapons; he makes ready his flaming arrows.14Whoever is pregnant with evil conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment.15Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made.16The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads.17I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.
1LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.2Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.3When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,4what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?5You have made them a little lower than the angelsand crowned them with glory and honor.6You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet:7all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild,8the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.9LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
1I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.2I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.3My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you.4For you have upheld my right and my cause, sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.5You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.6Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies, you have uprooted their cities; even the memory of them has perished.7The LORD reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment.8He rules the world in righteousness and judges the peoples with equity.9The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.10Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.11Sing the praises of the LORD, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done.12For he who avenges blood remembers; he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.13LORD, see how my enemies persecute me! Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,14that I may declare your praises in the gates of Daughter Zion, and there rejoice in your salvation.15The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug; their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.16The LORD is known by his acts of justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.17The wicked go down to the realm of the dead, all the nations that forget God.18But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.19Arise, LORD, do not let mortals triumph; let the nations be judged in your presence.20Strike them with terror, LORD; let the nations know they are only mortal.
1When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue.2As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,3explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,” he said.4Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women.5But other Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd.6But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other believers before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here,7and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.”8When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil.9Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go.10As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue.11Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.12As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.13But when the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea, some of them went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up.14The believers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea.15Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.