The Lord is a refuge(A) for the oppressed,(B)
    a stronghold in times of trouble.(C)
10 Those who know your name(D) trust in you,
    for you, Lord, have never forsaken(E) those who seek you.(F)

11 Sing the praises(G) of the Lord, enthroned in Zion;(H)
    proclaim among the nations(I) what he has done.(J)
12 For he who avenges blood(K) remembers;
    he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.(L)

13 Lord, see how my enemies(M) persecute me!
    Have mercy(N) and lift me up from the gates of death,(O)
14 that I may declare your praises(P)
    in the gates of Daughter Zion,(Q)
    and there rejoice in your salvation.(R)

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;(S)
    their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.(T)
16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice;
    the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.[a](U)
17 The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,(V)
    all the nations that forget God.(W)
18 But God will never forget the needy;
    the hope(X) of the afflicted(Y) will never perish.

19 Arise,(Z) Lord, do not let mortals triumph;(AA)
    let the nations be judged(AB) in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror,(AC) Lord;
    let the nations know they are only mortal.(AD)

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  1. Psalm 9:16 The Hebrew has Higgaion and Selah (words of uncertain meaning) here; Selah occurs also at the end of verse 20.

55 As Saul watched David(A) going out to meet the Philistine, he said to Abner, commander of the army, “Abner,(B) whose son is that young man?”

Abner replied, “As surely as you live, Your Majesty, I don’t know.”

56 The king said, “Find out whose son this young man is.”

57 As soon as David returned from killing the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul, with David still holding the Philistine’s head.

58 “Whose son are you, young man?” Saul asked him.

David said, “I am the son of your servant Jesse(C) of Bethlehem.”

Saul’s Growing Fear of David

18 After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan(D) became one in spirit with David, and he loved(E) him as himself.(F) From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family. And Jonathan made a covenant(G) with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the robe(H) he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.(I)

Whatever mission Saul sent him on, David was so successful(J) that Saul gave him a high rank in the army.(K) This pleased all the troops, and Saul’s officers as well.

On to Jerusalem

21 After we(A) had torn ourselves away from them, we put out to sea and sailed straight to Kos. The next day we went to Rhodes and from there to Patara. We found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia,(B) went on board and set sail. After sighting Cyprus and passing to the south of it, we sailed on to Syria.(C) We landed at Tyre, where our ship was to unload its cargo. We sought out the disciples(D) there and stayed with them seven days. Through the Spirit(E) they urged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. When it was time to leave, we left and continued on our way. All of them, including wives and children, accompanied us out of the city, and there on the beach we knelt to pray.(F) After saying goodbye to each other, we went aboard the ship, and they returned home.

We continued our voyage from Tyre(G) and landed at Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and sisters(H) and stayed with them for a day. Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea(I) and stayed at the house of Philip(J) the evangelist,(K) one of the Seven. He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.(L)

10 After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus(M) came down from Judea. 11 Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says,(N) ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind(O) the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’”(P)

12 When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die(Q) in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”(R) 14 When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up(S) and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”(T)

15 After this, we started on our way up to Jerusalem.(U) 16 Some of the disciples from Caesarea(V) accompanied us and brought us to the home of Mnason, where we were to stay. He was a man from Cyprus(W) and one of the early disciples.

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