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Psalm 46

God’s Defense of His City and People

To the leader. Of the Korahites. According to Alamoth. A Song.

God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present[a] help in trouble.(A)
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
    though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea,(B)
though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble with its tumult. Selah(C)

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy habitation of the Most High.(D)
God is in the midst of the city;[b] it shall not be moved;
    God will help it when the morning dawns.(E)
The nations are in an uproar; the kingdoms totter;
    he utters his voice; the earth melts.(F)
The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge.[c] Selah(G)

Come, behold the works of the Lord;
    see what desolations he has brought on the earth.(H)
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
    he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.(I)
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
    I am exalted among the nations;
    I am exalted in the earth.”(J)
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge.[d] Selah

Psalm 47

God’s Rule over the Nations

To the leader. Of the Korahites. A Psalm.

Clap your hands, all you peoples;
    shout to God with loud songs of joy.(K)
For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome,
    a great king over all the earth.(L)
He subdued peoples under us
    and nations under our feet.(M)
He chose our heritage for us,
    the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah(N)

God has gone up with a shout,
    the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.(O)
Sing praises to God, sing praises;
    sing praises to our King, sing praises.(P)
For God is the king of all the earth;
    sing praises with a psalm.[e](Q)

God is king over the nations;
    God sits on his holy throne.(R)
The princes of the peoples gather
    as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
    he is highly exalted.(S)

Psalm 48

The Glory and Strength of Zion

A Song. A Psalm of the Korahites.

Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised
    in the city of our God.
His holy mountain,(T) beautiful in elevation,
    is the joy of all the earth,
Mount Zion, in the far north,
    the city of the great King.(U)
Within its citadels God
    has shown himself a sure defense.(V)

Then the kings assembled;
    they came on together.(W)
As soon as they saw it, they were astounded;
    they were in panic; they took to flight;(X)
trembling took hold of them there,
    pains as of a woman in labor,
as when an east wind shatters
    the ships of Tarshish.(Y)
As we have heard, so have we seen
    in the city of the Lord of hosts,
in the city of our God,
    which God establishes forever. Selah

We ponder your steadfast love, O God,
    in the midst of your temple.
10 Your name, O God, like your praise,
    reaches to the ends of the earth.
Your right hand is filled with victory.(Z)
11     Let Mount Zion be glad;
let the towns[f] of Judah rejoice
    because of your judgments.(AA)

12 Walk about Zion; go all around it;
    count its towers;
13 consider well its ramparts;
    go through its citadels,
that you may tell the next generation(AB)
14     that this is God,
our God forever and ever.
    He will be our guide forever.(AC)


  1. 46.1 Or well proved
  2. 46.5 Heb of it
  3. 46.7 Or fortress
  4. 46.11 Or fortress
  5. 47.7 Heb Maskil
  6. 48.11 Heb daughters

Paul on the Island of Malta

28 After we had reached safety, we then learned that the island was called Malta.(A) The local people showed us unusual kindness. Since it had begun to rain and was cold, they kindled a fire and welcomed all of us around it.(B) Paul had gathered a bundle of brushwood and was putting it on the fire when a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. When the local people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “This man must be a murderer; though he has escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.”(C) He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm.(D) They were expecting him to swell up or drop dead, but after they had waited a long time and saw that nothing unusual had happened to him, they changed their minds and began to say that he was a god.(E)

Now in the vicinity of that place were lands belonging to the leading man of the island, named Publius, who received us and entertained us hospitably for three days. It so happened that the father of Publius lay sick in bed with fever and dysentery. Paul visited him and cured him by praying and putting his hands on him.(F) After this happened, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured. 10 They bestowed many honors on us, and when we were about to sail, they put on board all the provisions we needed.

Paul Arrives at Rome

11 Three months later we set sail on a ship that had wintered at the island, an Alexandrian ship with the Twin Brothers as its figurehead.(G) 12 We put in at Syracuse and stayed there for three days; 13 then we weighed anchor and came to Rhegium. After one day there a south wind sprang up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli. 14 There we found brothers and sisters and were invited to stay with them for seven days. And so we came to Rome.(H) 15 The brothers and sisters from there, when they heard of us, came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, Paul thanked God and took courage.

16 When we came into Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.(I)

Paul and Jewish Leaders in Rome

17 Three days later he called together the local leaders of the Jews. When they had assembled, he said to them, “Brothers,[a] though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, yet I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans.(J) 18 When they had examined me, the Romans[b] wanted to release me because there was no reason for the death penalty in my case.(K) 19 But when the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to the emperor—even though I had no charge to bring against my people.(L) 20 For this reason therefore I asked to see you and speak with you, since it is for the sake of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain.”(M) 21 They replied, “We have received no letters from Judea about you, and none of the brothers coming here has reported or spoken anything evil about you.(N) 22 But we would like to hear from you what you think, for with regard to this sect we know that everywhere it is spoken against.”(O)

Paul Preaches in Rome

23 After they had set a day to meet with him, they came to him at his lodgings in great numbers. From morning until evening he explained the matter to them, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the law of Moses and from the prophets. 24 Some were convinced by what he had said, while others refused to believe. 25 So they disagreed with each other, and as they were leaving Paul made one further statement: “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah,

26 ‘Go to this people and say,
You will indeed listen but never understand,
    and you will indeed look but never perceive.
27 For this people’s heart has grown dull,
    and their ears are hard of hearing,
        and they have shut their eyes;
        otherwise they might look with their eyes
    and listen with their ears
and understand with their heart and turn—
    and I would heal them.’

28 “Let it be known to you, then, that this salvation of God has been sent to the gentiles; they will listen.”[c]

30 He lived there two whole years at his own expense[d] and welcomed all who came to him, 31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.


  1. 28.17 Gk Men, brothers
  2. 28.18 Gk they
  3. 28.28 Other ancient authorities add 28.29, And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, arguing vigorously among themselves
  4. 28.30 Or in his own rented dwelling