Psalm 7 A shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjamite.
O Lord my God, I take refuge in you;save and deliver me from all who pursue me, 2 or they will tear me like a lionand rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me. 3 O Lord my God, if I have done thisand there is guilt on my hands - 4 if I have done evil to him who is at peace with meor without cause have robbed my foe - 5 then let my enemy pursue and overtake me;let him trample my life to the groundand make me sleep in the dust. Selah 6 Arise, O Lord, in your anger;rise up against the rage of my enemies.Awake, my God; decree justice. 7 Let the assembled peoples gather around you.Rule over them from on high; 8 let the Lord judge the peoples.Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness,according to my integrity, O Most High. 9 O righteous God,who searches minds and hearts,bring to an end the violence of the wickedand make the righteous secure. 10 My shield is God Most High,who saves the upright in heart. 11 God is a righteous judge,a God who expresses his wrath every day. 12 If he does not relent,he will sharpen his sword;he will bend and string his bow. 13 He has prepared his deadly weapons;he makes ready his flaming arrows. 14 He who is pregnant with eviland conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment. 15 He who digs a hole and scoops it outfalls into the pit he has made. 16 The trouble he causes recoils on himself;his violence comes down on his own head. 17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousnessand will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.
Psalm 8 For the director of music. According to gittith. A psalm of David.
O Lord, our Lord,how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your gloryabove the heavens. 2 From the lips of children and infantsyou have ordained praise because of your enemies,to silence the foe and the avenger. 3 When I consider your heavens,the work of your fingers,the moon and the stars,which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him,the son of man that you care for him? 5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands;you put everything under his feet: 7 all flocks and herds,and the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the air,and the fish of the sea,all that swim the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord, our Lord,how majestic is your name in all the earth! For the director of music. To [the tune of] "The Death of the Son." A psalm of David.
Psalm 9 I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart;I will tell of all your wonders. 2 I will be glad and rejoice in you;I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. 3 My enemies turn back;they stumble and perish before you. 4 For you have upheld my right and my cause;you have sat on your throne, judging righteously. 5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;you have blotted out their name for ever and ever. 6 Endless ruin has overtaken the enemy,you have uprooted their cities;even the memory of them has perished. 7 The Lord reigns forever;he has established his throne for judgment. 8 He will judge the world in righteousness;he will govern the peoples with justice. 9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,a stronghold in times of trouble. 10 Those who know your name will trust in you,for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. 11 Sing praises to the Lord, enthroned in Zion;proclaim among the nations what he has done. 12 For he who avenges blood remembers;he does not ignore the cry of the afflicted. 13 O Lord, see how my enemies persecute me!Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death, 14 that I may declare your praisesin the gates of the Daughter of Zionand there rejoice in your salvation. 15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;their feet are caught in the net they have hidden. 16 The Lord is known by his justice;the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands. Higgaion. Selah 17 The wicked return to the grave, all the nations that forget God. 18 But the needy will not always be forgotten,nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish. 19 Arise, O Lord, let not man triumph;let the nations be judged in your presence. 20 Strike them with terror, O Lord;let the nations know they are but men. Selah (NIV)
Acts 18 After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, 3 and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. 4 Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. 5 When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. 6 But when the Jews opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am clear of my responsibility. From now on I will go to the Gentiles." 7 Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. 8 Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized. 9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: "Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. 10 For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city." 11 So Paul stayed for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God. 12 While Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him into court. 13 "This man," they charged, "is persuading the people to worship God in ways contrary to the law." 14 Just as Paul was about to speak, Gallio said to the Jews, "If you Jews were making a complaint about some misdemeanor or serious crime, it would be reasonable for me to listen to you. 15 But since it involves questions about words and names and your own law - settle the matter yourselves. I will not be a judge of such things." 16 So he had them ejected from the court. 17 Then they all turned on Sosthenes the synagogue ruler and beat him in front of the court. But Gallio showed no concern whatever. 18 Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchrea because of a vow he had taken. 19 They arrived at Ephesus, where Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 20 When they asked him to spend more time with them, he declined. 21 But as he left, he promised, "I will come back if it is God's will." Then he set sail from Ephesus. 22 When he landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church and then went down to Antioch. 23 After spending some time in Antioch, Paul set out from there and traveled from place to place throughout the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples. 24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately. 27 When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. On arriving, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. 28 For he vigorously refuted the Jews in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ. (NIV)