24 Your procession, God, has come into view,
    the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary.(A)
25 In front are the singers,(B) after them the musicians;(C)
    with them are the young women playing the timbrels.(D)
26 Praise God in the great congregation;(E)
    praise the Lord in the assembly of Israel.(F)
27 There is the little tribe(G) of Benjamin,(H) leading them,
    there the great throng of Judah’s princes,
    and there the princes of Zebulun and of Naphtali.(I)

28 Summon your power,(J) God[a];
    show us your strength,(K) our God, as you have done(L) before.
29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem
    kings will bring you gifts.(M)
30 Rebuke the beast(N) among the reeds,(O)
    the herd of bulls(P) among the calves of the nations.
Humbled, may the beast bring bars of silver.
    Scatter the nations(Q) who delight in war.(R)
31 Envoys will come from Egypt;(S)
    Cush[b](T) will submit herself to God.

32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth,(U)
    sing praise(V) to the Lord,
33 to him who rides(W) across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens,
    who thunders(X) with mighty voice.(Y)
34 Proclaim the power(Z) of God,
    whose majesty(AA) is over Israel,
    whose power is in the heavens.
35 You, God, are awesome(AB) in your sanctuary;(AC)
    the God of Israel gives power and strength(AD) to his people.(AE)

Praise be to God!(AF)

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  1. Psalm 68:28 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts Your God has summoned power for you
  2. Psalm 68:31 That is, the upper Nile region

12 Then Abner sent messengers on his behalf to say to David, “Whose land is it? Make an agreement with me, and I will help you bring all Israel over to you.”

13 “Good,” said David. “I will make an agreement with you. But I demand one thing of you: Do not come into my presence unless you bring Michal daughter of Saul when you come to see me.”(A) 14 Then David sent messengers to Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, demanding, “Give me my wife Michal,(B) whom I betrothed to myself for the price of a hundred Philistine foreskins.”

15 So Ish-Bosheth gave orders and had her taken away from her husband(C) Paltiel(D) son of Laish. 16 Her husband, however, went with her, weeping behind her all the way to Bahurim.(E) Then Abner said to him, “Go back home!” So he went back.

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The Plot to Kill Paul

12 The next morning some Jews formed a conspiracy(A) and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul.(B) 13 More than forty men were involved in this plot. 14 They went to the chief priests and the elders and said, “We have taken a solemn oath not to eat anything until we have killed Paul.(C) 15 Now then, you and the Sanhedrin(D) petition the commander to bring him before you on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about his case. We are ready to kill him before he gets here.”

16 But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks(E) and told Paul.

17 Then Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the commander; he has something to tell him.” 18 So he took him to the commander.

The centurion said, “Paul, the prisoner,(F) sent for me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you.”

19 The commander took the young man by the hand, drew him aside and asked, “What is it you want to tell me?”

20 He said: “Some Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul before the Sanhedrin(G) tomorrow on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about him.(H) 21 Don’t give in to them, because more than forty(I) of them are waiting in ambush for him. They have taken an oath not to eat or drink until they have killed him.(J) They are ready now, waiting for your consent to their request.”

22 The commander dismissed the young man with this warning: “Don’t tell anyone that you have reported this to me.”

Paul Transferred to Caesarea

23 Then he called two of his centurions and ordered them, “Get ready a detachment of two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen[a] to go to Caesarea(K) at nine tonight.(L) 24 Provide horses for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix.”(M)

25 He wrote a letter as follows:

26 Claudius Lysias,

To His Excellency,(N) Governor Felix:


27 This man was seized by the Jews and they were about to kill him,(P) but I came with my troops and rescued him,(Q) for I had learned that he is a Roman citizen.(R) 28 I wanted to know why they were accusing him, so I brought him to their Sanhedrin.(S) 29 I found that the accusation had to do with questions about their law,(T) but there was no charge against him(U) that deserved death or imprisonment. 30 When I was informed(V) of a plot(W) to be carried out against the man, I sent him to you at once. I also ordered his accusers(X) to present to you their case against him.

31 So the soldiers, carrying out their orders, took Paul with them during the night and brought him as far as Antipatris. 32 The next day they let the cavalry(Y) go on with him, while they returned to the barracks.(Z) 33 When the cavalry(AA) arrived in Caesarea,(AB) they delivered the letter to the governor(AC) and handed Paul over to him. 34 The governor read the letter and asked what province he was from. Learning that he was from Cilicia,(AD) 35 he said, “I will hear your case when your accusers(AE) get here.” Then he ordered that Paul be kept under guard(AF) in Herod’s palace.

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  1. Acts 23:23 The meaning of the Greek for this word is uncertain.

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