Through the Bible – Day 206

Bible text(s)

(A psalm and a song by David for the music leader.)

God will win the battle

1Do something, God!

Scatter your hateful enemies.

Make them turn and run.

2Scatter them like smoke!

When you come near,

make them melt

like wax in a fire.

3But let your people be happy

and celebrate because of you.

4Our God, you are the one

who rides on the clouds,

and we praise you.

Your name is the LORD,

and we celebrate

as we worship you.

5Our God, from your sacred home

you take care of orphans

and protect widows.

6You find families

for those who are lonely.

You set prisoners free

and let them prosper,

but all who rebel will live

in a scorching desert.

7You set your people free,

and you led them

through the desert.

8God of Israel,

the earth trembled,

and rain poured down.

You alone are the God

who rules from Mount Sinai.

9When your land was thirsty,

you sent showers

to refresh it.

10Your people settled there,

and you were generous

to everyone in need.

11You gave the command,

and a chorus of women told

what had happened:

12“Kings and their armies

retreated and ran,

and everything they left

is now being divided.

13And for those who stayed back

to guard the sheep,

there are metal doves

with silver-coated wings

and shiny gold feathers.”

14God All-Powerful, you scattered

the kings like snow falling

on Mount Zalmon.

15Our LORD and our God,

Bashan is a mighty mountain

covered with peaks.

16Why is it jealous of Zion,

the mountain you chose

as your home for ever?

17When you, LORD God, appeared

to your people at Sinai,

you came with thousands

of mighty chariots.

18When you climbed

the high mountain,

you took prisoners with you

and were given gifts.

Your enemies didn't want you

to live there,

but they gave you gifts.

19We praise you, Lord God!

You treat us with kindness

day after day,

and you rescue us.

20You always protect us

and save us from death.

21Our Lord and our God,

your terrible enemies

are ready for war,

but you will crush

their skulls.

22You promised to bring them

from Bashan

and from the deepest sea.

23Then we could stamp

on their blood,

and our dogs could chew

on their bones.

24We have seen crowds marching

to your place of worship,

our God and King.

25The singers come first,

and then the musicians,

surrounded by young women

playing tambourines.

26They come shouting,

“People of Israel,

praise the LORD God!”

27The small tribe of Benjamin

leads the way,

followed by the leaders

from Judah.

Then come the leaders

from Zebulun and Naphtali.

28Our God, show your strength!

Show us once again.

29Then kings will bring gifts

to your temple

in Jerusalem.

30Punish that animal

that lives in the swamp!

Punish that nation

whose leaders and people

are like wild bulls.

Make them come crawling

with gifts of silver.

Scatter those nations

that enjoy making war.

31Force the Egyptians to bring

gifts of bronze;

make the Ethiopians hurry

to offer presents.

32Now sing praises to God!

Every kingdom on earth,

sing to the Lord!

33Praise the one who rides

across the ancient skies;

listen as he speaks

with a mighty voice.

34Tell about God's power!

He is honoured in Israel,

and he rules the skies.

35The God of Israel is fearsome

in his temple,

and he makes us strong.

Let's praise our God!

Psalms 68:1-35CEVOpen in Bible reader

Paul speaks to Agrippa and Bernice

13A few days later King Agrippa and Bernice came to Caesarea to visit Festus. 14They had been there for several days, when Festus told the king about the charges against Paul. He said:

Felix left a man here in jail, 15and when I went to Jerusalem, the chief priests and the Jewish leaders came and asked me to find him guilty. 16I told them that it isn't the Roman custom to hand a man over to people who are bringing charges against him. He must first have the chance to meet them face to face and to defend himself against their charges.

17So when they came here with me, I wasted no time. On the very next day I took my place on the judge's bench and ordered him to be brought in. 18But when the men stood up to make their charges against him, they did not accuse him of any of the crimes that I thought they would. 19Instead, they argued with him about some of their beliefs and about a dead man named Jesus, who Paul said was alive.

20Since I did not know how to find out the truth about all this, I asked Paul if he would be willing to go to Jerusalem and be put on trial there. 21But Paul asked to be kept in jail until the Emperor could decide his case. So I ordered him to be kept here until I could send him to the Emperor.

22Then Agrippa said to Festus, “I would also like to hear what this man has to say.”

Festus answered, “You can hear him tomorrow.”

23The next day Agrippa and Bernice made a big show as they came into the meeting room. High ranking army officers and leading citizens of the town were also there. Festus then ordered Paul to be brought in 24and said:

King Agrippa and other guests, look at this man! Every Jew from Jerusalem and Caesarea has come to me, demanding for him to be put to death. 25I have not found him guilty of any crime deserving death. But because he has asked to be judged by the Emperor, I have decided to send him to Rome.

26I have to write some facts about this man to the Emperor. So I have brought him before all of you, but especially before you, King Agrippa. After we have talked about his case, I will then have something to write. 27It makes no sense to send a prisoner to the Emperor without stating the charges against him.

Acts 25:13-27CEVOpen in Bible reader
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