16 Protect me, Lord God! I run to you for safety, 2 and I have said, “Only you are my Lord! Every good thing I have is a gift from you.”
3 Your people are wonderful, and they make me happy,[a] 4 but worshipers of other gods will have much sorrow.[b] I refuse to offer sacrifices of blood to those gods or worship in their name.
5 You, Lord, are all I want! You are my choice, and you keep me safe. 6 You make my life pleasant, and my future is bright.
7 I praise you, Lord, for being my guide. Even in the darkest night, your teachings fill my mind. 8 I will always look to you, as you stand beside me and protect me from fear. 9 With all my heart, I will celebrate, and I can safely rest.
10 I am your chosen one. You won’t leave me in the grave or let my body decay. 11 You have shown me the path to life, and you make me glad by being near to me. Sitting at your right side,[c] I will always be joyful.
(A prayer by David.)
The Prayer of an Innocent Person
17 I am innocent, Lord! Won’t you listen as I pray and beg for help? I am honest! Please hear my prayer. 2 Only you can say that I am innocent, because only your eyes can see the truth.
3 You know my heart, and even during the night you have tested me and found me innocent. I have made up my mind never to tell a lie. 4 I don’t do like others. I obey your teachings and am not cruel. 5 I have followed you, without ever stumbling.
6 I pray to you, God, because you will help me. Listen and answer my prayer! 7 Show your wonderful love. Your mighty arm protects those who run to you for safety from their enemies. 8 Protect me as you would your very own eyes; hide me in the shadow of your wings.
9 Don’t let my brutal enemies attack from all sides and kill me. 10 They refuse to show mercy, and they keep bragging.
11 They have caught up with me! My enemies are everywhere, eagerly hoping to smear me in the dirt. 12 They are like hungry lions hunting for food, or like young lions hiding in ambush.
13 Do something, Lord! Attack and defeat them. Take your sword and save me from those evil people. 14 Use your powerful arm and rescue me from the hands of mere humans whose world won’t last.[d]
You provide food for those you love. Their children have plenty, and their grandchildren will have more than enough.
15 I am innocent, Lord, and I will see your face! When I awake, all I want is to see you as you are.
16.3Your people. . . happy: Or “I was happy worshiping gods I thought were powerful.”
16.4but. . . sorrow: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
20 When the riot was over, Paul sent for the followers and encouraged them. He then told them good-by and left for Macedonia. 2 As he traveled from place to place, he encouraged the followers with many messages. Finally, he went to Greece[a]3 and stayed there for three months.
Paul was about to sail to Syria. But some of the Jewish leaders plotted against him, so he decided to return by way of Macedonia. 4 With him were Sopater, son of Pyrrhus from Berea, and Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica. Gaius from Derbe was also with him, and so were Timothy and the two Asians, Tychicus and Trophimus. 5 They went on ahead to Troas and waited for us there. 6 After the Festival of Thin Bread, we sailed from Philippi. Five days later we met them in Troas and stayed there for a week.
Paul’s Last Visit to Troas
7 On the first day of the week[b] we met to break bread together.[c] Paul spoke to the people until midnight because he was leaving the next morning. 8 In the upstairs room where we were meeting, there were a lot of lamps. 9 A young man by the name of Eutychus was sitting on a window sill. While Paul was speaking, the young man got very sleepy. Finally, he went to sleep and fell three floors all the way down to the ground. When they picked him up, he was dead.
10 Paul went down and bent over Eutychus. He took him in his arms and said, “Don’t worry! He’s alive.” 11 After Paul had gone back upstairs, he broke bread, and ate with us. He then spoke until dawn and left. 12 Then the followers took the young man home alive and were very happy.
The Voyage from Troas to Miletus
13 Paul decided to travel by land to Assos. The rest of us went on ahead by ship, and we were to take him aboard there. 14 When he met us in Assos, he came aboard, and we sailed on to Mitylene. 15 The next day we came to a place near Chios, and the following day we reached Samos. The day after that we sailed to Miletus. 16 Paul had decided to sail on past Ephesus, because he did not want to spend too much time in Asia. He was in a hurry and wanted to be in Jerusalem in time for Pentecost.[d]
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