Through the Bible – Day 199

Bible text(s)

(A special psalm for the people of Korah and for the music leader. To the tune “Lilies”. A love song.)

For a royal wedding

1My thoughts are filled

with beautiful words

for the king,

and I will use my voice

as a writer would use

pen and ink.

2No one is as handsome as you!

Your words are always kind.

That is why God

will always bless you.

3Mighty king, glorious ruler,

strap on your sword

4and ride out in splendour!

Win victories for truth

and mercy and justice.

Do fearsome things

with your powerful arm.

5Send your sharp arrows

through enemy hearts

and make all nations fall

at your feet.

6You are God, and you will rule

for ever as king.

Your royal power

brings about justice.

7You love justice and hate evil.

And so, your God chose you

and made you happier

than any of your friends.

8The sweet aroma of the spices

myrrh, aloes, and cassia,

covers your royal robes.

You enjoy the music of harps

in palaces decorated

with ivory.

9Daughters of kings are here,

and your bride stands

at your right side,

wearing a wedding gown

trimmed with pure gold.

10Bride of the king,

listen carefully to me.

Forget your own people

and your father's family.

11The king is your husband,

so do what he desires.

12All the richest people

from the city of Tyre

will try to influence you

13with precious treasures.

Your bride, my king,

has inward beauty,

and her wedding gown is woven

with threads of gold.

14Wearing the finest garments,

she is brought to you,

followed by her young friends,

the bridesmaids.

15Everyone is excited,

as they follow you

to the royal palace.

16Your sons and your grandsons

will also be kings

as your ancestors were.

You will make them the rulers

everywhere on earth.

17I will make your name famous

from now on,

and you will be praised

for ever and ever.

(A special song for the people of Korah and for the music leader.)

God is our mighty fortress

1God is our mighty fortress,

always ready to help

in times of trouble.

2And so, we won't be afraid!

Let the earth tremble

and the mountains tumble

into the deepest sea.

3Let the ocean roar and foam,

and its raging waves

shake the mountains.

4A river and its streams

bring joy to the city,

which is the sacred home

of God Most High.

5God is in that city,

and it won't be shaken.

He will help it at dawn.

6Nations rage! Kingdoms fall!

But at the voice of God

the earth itself melts.

7The LORD All-Powerful

is with us.

The God of Jacob

is our fortress.

8Come! See the fearsome things

the LORD has done on earth.

9God brings wars to an end

all over the world.

He breaks the arrows,

shatters the spears,

and burns the shields.

10Our God says, “Calm down,

and learn that I am God!

All nations on earth

will honour me.”

11The LORD All-Powerful

is with us.

The God of Jacob

is our fortress.

(A psalm for the people of Korah and for the music leader.)

God rules the nations

1All you nations,

clap your hands and shout

joyful praises to God.

2The LORD Most High is fearsome,

the ruler of all the earth.

3God has put every nation

under our power,

4and he chose for us the land

that was the pride of Jacob,

his favourite.

5God goes up to his throne,

as people shout

and trumpets blast.

6Sing praises to God our King,

7the ruler of all the earth!

Praise God with songs.

8God rules the nations

from his sacred throne.

9Their leaders come together

and are now the people

of Abraham's God.

All rulers on earth

surrender their weapons,

and God is greatly praised!

Psalms 45:1-47:9CEVOpen in Bible reader

Paul goes to Jerusalem

1After saying goodbye, we sailed straight to Cos. The next day we reached Rhodes and from there sailed on to Patara. 2We found a ship going to Phoenicia, so we got on board and sailed off.

3We came within sight of Cyprus and then sailed south of it on to the port of Tyre in Syria, where the ship was going to unload its cargo. 4We found the Lord's followers and stayed with them for a week. The Holy Spirit had told them to warn Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. 5But when the week was over, we started on our way again. All the men, together with their wives and children, walked with us from the town to the seashore. We knelt on the beach and prayed. 6Then after saying goodbye to each other, we got into the ship, and they went back home.

7We sailed from Tyre to Ptolemais, where we greeted the followers and stayed with them for a day. 8The next day we went to Caesarea and stayed with Philip, the preacher. He was one of the seven men who helped the apostles, 9and he had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.

10We had been in Caesarea for several days, when the prophet Agabus came to us from Judea. 11He took Paul's belt, and with it he tied up his own hands and feet. Then he told us, “The Holy Spirit says that some of the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will tie up the man who owns this belt. They will also hand him over to the Gentiles.” 12After Agabus said this, we and the followers living there begged Paul not to go to Jerusalem.

13But Paul answered, “Why are you crying and breaking my heart? I am not only willing to be put in jail for the Lord Jesus. I am even willing to die for him in Jerusalem!”

14Since we could not get Paul to change his mind, we gave up and prayed, “Lord, please make us willing to do what you want.”

15Then we got ready to go to Jerusalem. 16Some of the followers from Caesarea went with us and took us to stay in the home of Mnason. He was from Cyprus and had been a follower from the beginning.

Acts 21:1-16CEVOpen in Bible reader
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