Psalm 138

Of David.

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
    before the “gods”(A) I will sing(B) your praise.
I will bow down toward your holy temple(C)
    and will praise your name(D)
    for your unfailing love and your faithfulness,(E)
for you have so exalted your solemn decree
    that it surpasses your fame.(F)
When I called,(G) you answered me;(H)
    you greatly emboldened(I) me.

May all the kings of the earth(J) praise you, Lord,
    when they hear what you have decreed.
May they sing(K) of the ways of the Lord,
    for the glory of the Lord(L) is great.

Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly;(M)
    though lofty, he sees them(N) from afar.
Though I walk(O) in the midst of trouble,
    you preserve my life.(P)
You stretch out your hand(Q) against the anger of my foes;(R)
    with your right hand(S) you save me.(T)
The Lord will vindicate(U) me;
    your love, Lord, endures forever(V)
    do not abandon(W) the works of your hands.(X)

The Death of Aaron

22 The whole Israelite community set out from Kadesh(A) and came to Mount Hor.(B) 23 At Mount Hor, near the border of Edom,(C) the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 24 “Aaron will be gathered to his people.(D) He will not enter the land I give the Israelites, because both of you rebelled against my command(E) at the waters of Meribah.(F) 25 Get Aaron and his son Eleazar and take them up Mount Hor.(G) 26 Remove Aaron’s garments(H) and put them on his son Eleazar, for Aaron will be gathered to his people;(I) he will die there.”

27 Moses did as the Lord commanded: They went up Mount Hor(J) in the sight of the whole community. 28 Moses removed Aaron’s garments and put them on his son Eleazar.(K) And Aaron died there(L) on top of the mountain. Then Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain, 29 and when the whole community learned that Aaron had died,(M) all the Israelites mourned for him(N) thirty days.

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19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem

Saul spent several days with the disciples(A) in Damascus.(B) 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues(C) that Jesus is the Son of God.(D) 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name?(E) And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?”(F) 22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.(G)

23 After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him,(H) 24 but Saul learned of their plan.(I) Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. 25 But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.(J)

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