Psalm 71(A)

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;(B)
    let me never be put to shame.(C)
In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me;
    turn your ear(D) to me and save me.
Be my rock of refuge,
    to which I can always go;
give the command to save me,
    for you are my rock and my fortress.(E)
Deliver(F) me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,(G)
    from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.(H)

For you have been my hope,(I) Sovereign Lord,
    my confidence(J) since my youth.
From birth(K) I have relied on you;
    you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.(L)
    I will ever praise(M) you.

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20 What do I care about incense from Sheba(A)
    or sweet calamus(B) from a distant land?
Your burnt offerings are not acceptable;(C)
    your sacrifices(D) do not please me.”(E)

21 Therefore this is what the Lord says:

“I will put obstacles before this people.
    Parents and children alike will stumble(F) over them;
    neighbors and friends will perish.”

22 This is what the Lord says:

“Look, an army is coming
    from the land of the north;(G)
a great nation is being stirred up
    from the ends of the earth.(H)
23 They are armed with bow and spear;
    they are cruel and show no mercy.(I)
They sound like the roaring sea(J)
    as they ride on their horses;(K)
they come like men in battle formation
    to attack you, Daughter Zion.(L)

24 We have heard reports about them,
    and our hands hang limp.(M)
Anguish(N) has gripped us,
    pain like that of a woman in labor.(O)
25 Do not go out to the fields
    or walk on the roads,
for the enemy has a sword,
    and there is terror on every side.(P)
26 Put on sackcloth,(Q) my people,
    and roll in ashes;(R)
mourn with bitter wailing(S)
    as for an only son,(T)
for suddenly the destroyer(U)
    will come upon us.

27 “I have made you a tester(V) of metals
    and my people the ore,
that you may observe
    and test their ways.
28 They are all hardened rebels,(W)
    going about to slander.(X)
They are bronze and iron;(Y)
    they all act corruptly.
29 The bellows blow fiercely
    to burn away the lead with fire,
but the refining(Z) goes on in vain;
    the wicked are not purged out.
30 They are called rejected silver,(AA)
    because the Lord has rejected them.”(AB)

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In Thessalonica

17 When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica,(A) where there was a Jewish synagogue. As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue,(B) and on three Sabbath(C) days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,(D) explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer(E) and rise from the dead.(F) “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,”(G) he said. Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas,(H) as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women.

But other Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city.(I) They rushed to Jason’s(J) house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd.[a] But when they did not find them, they dragged(K) Jason and some other believers(L) before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world(M) have now come here,(N) and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.”(O) When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil. Then they made Jason(P) and the others post bond and let them go.

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 17:5 Or the assembly of the people