Read the Bible | July 13th
Why Do You Hide Yourself?
 Why, O LORD, do you stand far away?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;
let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.
 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul,
and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD.
 In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him;
all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
 His ways prosper at all times;
your judgments are on high, out of his sight;
as for all his foes, he puffs at them.
 He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved;
throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”
 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.
 He sits in ambush in the villages;
in hiding places he murders the innocent.
His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;
 he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket;
he lurks that he may seize the poor;
he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.
 The helpless are crushed, sink down,
and fall by his might.
 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten,
he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”
 Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand;
forget not the afflicted.
 Why does the wicked renounce God
and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?
 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation,
that you may take it into your hands;
to you the helpless commits himself;
you have been the helper of the fatherless.
 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
call his wickedness to account till you find none.
 The LORD is king forever and ever;
the nations perish from his land.
 O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more. (ESV)
The LORD Is in His Holy Temple
To the choirmaster. Of David.
 In the LORD I take refuge;
how can you say to my soul,
“Flee like a bird to your mountain,
 for behold, the wicked bend the bow;
they have fitted their arrow to the string
to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
 if the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”
 The LORD is in his holy temple;
the LORD's throne is in heaven;
his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
 The LORD tests the righteous,
but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
 Let him rain coals on the wicked;
fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
 For the LORD is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
the upright shall behold his face. (ESV)
The Faithful Have Vanished
To the choirmaster: according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.
 Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone;
for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.
 Everyone utters lies to his neighbor;
with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
 May the LORD cut off all flattering lips,
the tongue that makes great boasts,
 those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail,
our lips are with us; who is master over us?”
 “Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan,
I will now arise,” says the LORD;
“I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”
 The words of the LORD are pure words,
like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
purified seven times.
 You, O LORD, will keep them;
you will guard us from this generation forever.
 On every side the wicked prowl,
as vileness is exalted among the children of man. (ESV)
Paul in Corinth
 After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.  And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them,  and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade.  And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks.
 When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus.  And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”  And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue.  Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized.  And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent,  for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.”  And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
 But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal,  saying, “This man is persuading people to worship God contrary to the law.”  But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of wrongdoing or vicious crime, O Jews, I would have reason to accept your complaint.  But since it is a matter of questions about words and names and your own law, see to it yourselves. I refuse to be a judge of these things.”  And he drove them from the tribunal.  And they all seized Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the tribunal. But Gallio paid no attention to any of this.
Paul Returns to Antioch
 After this, Paul stayed many days longer and then took leave of the brothers and set sail for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had cut his hair, for he was under a vow.  And they came to Ephesus, and he left them there, but he himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.  When they asked him to stay for a longer period, he declined.  But on taking leave of them he said, “I will return to you if God wills,” and he set sail from Ephesus.
 When he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church, and then went down to Antioch.  After spending some time there, he departed and went from one place to the next through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.
Apollos Speaks Boldly in Ephesus
 Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures.  He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John.  He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.  And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed,  for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus. (ESV)