Psalm 27

Of David.

The Lord is my light(A) and my salvation(B)
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold(C) of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?(D)

When the wicked advance against me
    to devour[a] me,
it is my enemies and my foes
    who will stumble and fall.(E)
Though an army besiege me,
    my heart will not fear;(F)
though war break out against me,
    even then I will be confident.(G)

One thing(H) I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,(I)
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble(J)
    he will keep me safe(K) in his dwelling;
he will hide me(L) in the shelter of his sacred tent
    and set me high upon a rock.(M)

Then my head will be exalted(N)
    above the enemies who surround me;(O)
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice(P) with shouts of joy;(Q)
    I will sing(R) and make music(S) to the Lord.

Hear my voice(T) when I call, Lord;
    be merciful to me and answer me.(U)
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!(V)
    Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide your face(W) from me,
    do not turn your servant away in anger;(X)
    you have been my helper.(Y)
Do not reject me or forsake(Z) me,
    God my Savior.(AA)
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
    the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way,(AB) Lord;
    lead me in a straight path(AC)
    because of my oppressors.(AD)
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
    for false witnesses(AE) rise up against me,
    spouting malicious accusations.

13 I remain confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord(AF)
    in the land of the living.(AG)
14 Wait(AH) for the Lord;
    be strong(AI) and take heart
    and wait for the Lord.


  1. Psalm 27:2 Or slander

The path of the righteous is level;(A)
    you, the Upright One,(B) make the way of the righteous smooth.(C)
Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws,[a](D)
    we wait(E) for you;
your name(F) and renown
    are the desire of our hearts.
My soul yearns for you in the night;(G)
    in the morning my spirit longs(H) for you.
When your judgments(I) come upon the earth,
    the people of the world learn righteousness.(J)
10 But when grace is shown to the wicked,(K)
    they do not learn righteousness;
even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil(L)
    and do not regard(M) the majesty of the Lord.
11 Lord, your hand is lifted high,(N)
    but they do not see(O) it.
Let them see your zeal(P) for your people and be put to shame;(Q)
    let the fire(R) reserved for your enemies consume them.

12 Lord, you establish peace(S) for us;
    all that we have accomplished you have done(T) for us.
13 Lord our God, other lords(U) besides you have ruled over us,
    but your name(V) alone do we honor.(W)
14 They are now dead,(X) they live no more;
    their spirits(Y) do not rise.
You punished them and brought them to ruin;(Z)
    you wiped out all memory of them.(AA)
15 You have enlarged the nation, Lord;
    you have enlarged the nation.(AB)
You have gained glory for yourself;
    you have extended all the borders(AC) of the land.

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  1. Isaiah 26:8 Or judgments

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”(A)

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized,(B) every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.(C) And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(D) 39 The promise is for you and your children(E) and for all who are far off(F)—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”(G) 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number(H) that day.

The Fellowship of the Believers

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching(I) and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread(J) and to prayer.(K)

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