Psalm 46; Psalm 47; Psalm 48; Acts 28

1 (45-1) <Unto the end, for the sons of Core, for the hidden.> (45-2) Our God is our refuge and strength: a helper in troubles, which have found us exceedingly. 2 (45-3) Therefore we will not fear, when the earth shall be troubled; and the mountains shall be removed into the heart of the sea. 3 (45-4) Their waters roared and were troubled: the mountains were troubled with his strength. 4 (45-5) The stream of the river maketh the city of God joyful: the most High hath sanctified his own tabernacle. 5 (45-6) God is in the midst thereof, it shall not be moved: God will help it in the morning early. 6 (45-7) Nations were troubled, and kingdoms were bowed down: he uttered his voice, the earth trembled. 7 (45-8) The Lord of armies is with us: the God of Jacob is our protector. 8 (45-9) Come and behold ye the works of the Lord: what wonders he hath done upon earth, 9 (45-10) Making wars to cease even to the end of the earth. He shall destroy the bow, and break the weapons: and the shield he shall burn in the fire. 10 (45-11) Be still and see that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, and I will be exalted in the earth. 11 (45-12) The Lord of armies is with us: the God of Jacob is our protector.
1 (46-1) <Unto the end, for the sons of Core.> (46-2) O clap your hands, all ye nations: shout unto God with the voice of joy, 2 (46-3) For the Lord is high, terrible: a great king over all the earth. 3 (46-4) He hath subdued the people under jus; and the nations under our feet. 4 (46-5) He hath chosen for us his inheritance, the beauty of Jacob which he hath love. 5 (46-6) God is ascended with jubilee, and the Lord with the sound of trumpet. 6 (46-7) Sing praises to our God, sing ye: sing praises to our king, sing ye. 7 (46-8) For God is the king of all the earth: sing ye wisely. 8 (46-9) God shall reign over the nations: God sitteth on his holy throne. 9 (46-10) The princes of the people are gathered together, with the God of Abraham: for the strong gods of the earth are exceedingly exalted.
1 (47-1) <A psalm of a canticle, for the sons of Core, on the second day of the week.> (47-2) Great is the Lord, and exceedingly to be praised in the city of our God, in his holy mountain. 2 (47-3) With the joy of the whole earth is mount Sion founded, on the sides of the north, the city of the great king. 3 (47-4) In her houses shall God be known, when he shall protect her. 4 (47-5) For behold the kings of the earth assembled themselves: they gathered together. 5 (47-6) So they saw, and they wondered, they were troubled, they were moved: 6 (47-7) Trembling took hold of them. There were pains as of a woman in labour. 7 (47-8) With a vehement wind thou shalt break in pieces the ships of Tharsis. 8 (47-9) As we have heard, so have we seen, in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God: God hath founded it for ever. 9 (47-10) We have received thy mercy, O God, in the midst of thy temple. 10 (47-11) According to thy name, O God, so also is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of justice. 11 (47-12) Let mount Sion rejoice, and the daughters of Juda be glad; because of thy judgments, O Lord. 12 (47-13) Surround Sion, and encompass her: tell lye in her towers. 13 (47-14) Set your hearts on her strength; and distribute her houses, that ye may relate it in another generation. 14 (47-15) For this is God, our God unto eternity, and for ever and ever: he shall rule us for evermore.
1 And when we had escaped, then we knew that the island was called Melita. But the barbarians shewed us no small courtesy. 2 For kindling a fire, they refreshed us all, because of the present rain and of the cold. 3 And when Paul had gathered together a bundle of sticks and had laid them on the fire, a viper, coming out of the heat, fastened on his hand. 4 And when the barbarians saw the beast hanging on his hand, they said one to another: Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, who, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance doth not suffer him to live. 5 And he indeed, shaking off the beast into the fire, suffered no harm. 6 But they supposed that he would begin to swell up and that he would suddenly fall down and die. But expecting long and seeing that there came no harm to him, changing their minds, they said that he was a god. 7 Now in these places were possessions of the chief man of the island, named Publius: who, receiving us for three days, entertained us courteously. 8 And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux. To whom Paul entered in. And when he had prayed and laid his hands on him, he healed him. 9 Which being done, all that had diseases in the island came and were healed. 10 Who also honoured us with many honours: and when we were to set sail, they laded us with such things as were necessary. 11 And after three months, we sailed in a ship of Alexandria, that had wintered in the island, whose sign was the Castors. 12 And when we were come to Syracusa, we tarried there three days. 13 From thence, compassing by the shore, we came to Rhegium: and after one day, the south wind blowing, we came the second day to Puteoli: 14 Where, finding brethren, we were desired to tarry with them seven days. And so we went to Rome. 15 And from thence, when the brethren had heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum and the Three Taverns. Whom when Paul saw, he gave thanks to God and took courage. 16 And when we were come to Rome, Paul was suffered to dwell by himself, with a soldier that kept him. 17 And after the third day, he called together the chief of the Jews. And when they were assembled, he said to them: Men, brethren, I, having done nothing against the people or the custom of our fathers, was delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. 18 Who, when they had examined me, would have released me, for that there was no cause of death in me. 19 But the Jews contradicting it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar: not that I had anything to accuse my nation of. 20 For this cause therefore I desired to see you and to speak to you. Because that for the hope of Israel, I am bound with this chain. 21 But they said to him: We neither received letters concerning thee from Judea: neither did any of the brethren that came hither relate or speak any evil of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that it is every where contradicted. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came very many to him unto his lodgings. To whom he expounded, testifying the kingdom of God and persuading them concerning Jesus, out of the law of Moses and the prophets, from morning until evening. 24 And some believed the things that were said: but some believed not. 25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, Paul speaking this one word: Well did the Holy Ghost speak to our fathers by Isaias the prophet, 26 Saying: Go to this people and say to them: With the ear you shall hear and shall not understand: and seeing you shall see and shall not perceive. 27 For the heart of this people is grown gross, and with their ears have they heard heavily and their eyes they have shut, lest perhaps they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and should be converted: and I should heal them. 28 Be it known therefore to you that this salvation of God is sent to the Gentiles: and they will hear it. 29 And when he had said these things, the Jews went out from him, having much reasoning among themselves. 30 And he remained two whole years in his own hired lodging: and he received all that came in to him, 31 Preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, without prohibition.
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