Psalm 1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.Whatever he does prospers. 4 Not so the wicked!They are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,but the way of the wicked will perish.
Psalm 2 Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth take their standand the rulers gather togetheragainst the Lordand against his Anointed One. 3 "Let us break their chains," they say,"and throw off their fetters." 4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;the Lord scoffs at them. 5 Then he rebukes them in his angerand terrifies them in his wrath, saying, 6 "I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill." 7 I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me, "You are my Son;today I have become your Father. 8 Ask of me,and I will make the nations your inheritance,the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You will rule them with an iron scepter;you will dash them to pieces like pottery." 10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;be warned, you rulers of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with fearand rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angryand you be destroyed in your way,for his wrath can flare up in a moment.Blessed are all who take refuge in him. Psalm 3 A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom. O Lord, how many are my foes!How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me,"God will not deliver him." Selah 3 But you are a shield around me, O Lord;you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. 4 To the Lord I cry aloud,and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah 5 I lie down and sleep;I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. 6 I will not fear the tens of thousandsdrawn up against me on every side.
7 Arise, O Lord!Deliver me, O my God!Strike all my enemies on the jaw;break the teeth of the wicked. 8 From the Lord comes deliverance.May your blessing be on your people. Selah (NIV)
Acts 17:1-15 When they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. 2 As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead. "This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ," he said. 4 Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and not a few prominent women.
5 But the 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. 6 But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other brothers before the city officials, shouting: "These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here, 7 and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar's decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus." 8 When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil. 9 Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go.
10 As soon as it was night, the brothers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. 12 Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.
13 When the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea, they went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up. 14 The brothers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea. 15 The men who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible. (NIV)