Read the Bible | July 11th
Answer Me When I Call
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.
 Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have given me relief when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!
 O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame?
How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah
 But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself;
the LORD hears when I call to him.
 Be angry, and do not sin;
ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah
 Offer right sacrifices,
and put your trust in the LORD.
 There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?
Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!”
 You have put more joy in my heart
than they have when their grain and wine abound.
 In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. (ESV)
Lead Me in Your Righteousness
To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David.
 Give ear to my words, O LORD;
consider my groaning.
 Give attention to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God,
for to you do I pray.
 O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.
 For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil may not dwell with you.
 The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;
you hate all evildoers.
 You destroy those who speak lies;
the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
 But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
will enter your house.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
in the fear of you.
 Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness
because of my enemies;
make your way straight before me.
 For there is no truth in their mouth;
their inmost self is destruction;
their throat is an open grave;
they flatter with their tongue.
 Make them bear their guilt, O God;
let them fall by their own counsels;
because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out,
for they have rebelled against you.
 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may exult in you.
 For you bless the righteous, O LORD;
you cover him with favor as with a shield. (ESV)
O LORD, Deliver My Life
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments; according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.
 O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger,
nor discipline me in your wrath.
 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing;
heal me, O LORD, for my bones are troubled.
 My soul also is greatly troubled.
But you, O LORD—how long?
 Turn, O LORD, deliver my life;
save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
 For in death there is no remembrance of you;
in Sheol who will give you praise?
 I am weary with my moaning;
every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping.
 My eye wastes away because of grief;
it grows weak because of all my foes.
 Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.
 The LORD has heard my plea;
the LORD accepts my prayer.
 All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled;
they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment. (ESV)
In You Do I Take Refuge
A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning the words of Cush, a Benjaminite.
 O LORD my God, in you do I take refuge;
save me from all my pursuers and deliver me,
 lest like a lion they tear my soul apart,
rending it in pieces, with none to deliver.
 O LORD my God, if I have done this,
if there is wrong in my hands,
 if I have repaid my friend with evil
or plundered my enemy without cause,
 let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it,
and let him trample my life to the ground
and lay my glory in the dust. Selah
 Arise, O LORD, in your anger;
lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
awake for me; you have appointed a judgment.
 Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you;
over it return on high.
 The LORD judges the peoples;
judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness
and according to the integrity that is in me.
 Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
and may you establish the righteous—
you who test the minds and hearts,
O righteous God!
 My shield is with God,
who saves the upright in heart.
 God is a righteous judge,
and a God who feels indignation every day.
 If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword;
he has bent and readied his bow;
 he has prepared for him his deadly weapons,
making his arrows fiery shafts.
 Behold, the wicked man conceives evil
and is pregnant with mischief
and gives birth to lies.
 He makes a pit, digging it out,
and falls into the hole that he has made.
 His mischief returns upon his own head,
and on his own skull his violence descends.
 I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness,
and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High. (ESV)
How Majestic Is Your Name
To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.
 O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
 Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.
 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
 what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?
 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet,
 all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
 O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth! (ESV)
I Will Recount Your Wonderful Deeds
To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben. A Psalm of David.
 I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
 I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
 When my enemies turn back,
they stumble and perish before your presence.
 For you have maintained my just cause;
you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.
 You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish;
you have blotted out their name forever and ever.
 The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins;
their cities you rooted out;
the very memory of them has perished.
 But the LORD sits enthroned forever;
he has established his throne for justice,
 and he judges the world with righteousness;
he judges the peoples with uprightness.
 The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
 And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.
 Sing praises to the LORD, who sits enthroned in Zion!
Tell among the peoples his deeds!
 For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
 Be gracious to me, O LORD!
See my affliction from those who hate me,
O you who lift me up from the gates of death,
 that I may recount all your praises,
that in the gates of the daughter of Zion
I may rejoice in your salvation.
 The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught.
 The LORD has made himself known; he has executed judgment;
the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Higgaion. Selah
 The wicked shall return to Sheol,
all the nations that forget God.
 For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.
 Arise, O LORD! Let not man prevail;
let the nations be judged before you!
 Put them in fear, O LORD!
Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah (ESV)
Paul in Athens
 Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols.  So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there.  Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, “What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection.  And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting?  For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.”  Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.
Paul Addresses the Areopagus
 So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious.  For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.  The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man,  nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.  And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place,  that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,  for
“‘In him we live and move and have our being’;
as even some of your own poets have said,
“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’
 Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.  The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,  because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.”  So Paul went out from their midst.  But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them. (ESV)