Read the Bible | July 16th
The Law of the LORD Is Perfect
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
 Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
 There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
 Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
 Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
 The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple;
 the precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
 the fear of the LORD is clean,
the rules of the LORD are true,
and righteous altogether.
 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
 Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. (ESV)
Trust in the Name of the LORD Our God
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
 May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble!
May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
 May he send you help from the sanctuary
and give you support from Zion!
 May he remember all your offerings
and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah
 May he grant you your heart's desire
and fulfill all your plans!
 May we shout for joy over your salvation,
and in the name of our God set up our banners!
May the LORD fulfill all your petitions!
 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed;
he will answer him from his holy heaven
with the saving might of his right hand.
 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
 They collapse and fall,
but we rise and stand upright.
 O LORD, save the king!
May he answer us when we call. (ESV)
The King Rejoices in the LORD's Strength
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
 O LORD, in your strength the king rejoices,
and in your salvation how greatly he exults!
 You have given him his heart's desire
and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah
 For you meet him with rich blessings;
you set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
 He asked life of you; you gave it to him,
length of days forever and ever.
 His glory is great through your salvation;
splendor and majesty you bestow on him.
 For you make him most blessed forever;
you make him glad with the joy of your presence.
 For the king trusts in the LORD,
and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.
 Your hand will find out all your enemies;
your right hand will find out those who hate you.
 You will make them as a blazing oven
when you appear.
The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath,
and fire will consume them.
 You will destroy their descendants from the earth,
and their offspring from among the children of man.
 Though they plan evil against you,
though they devise mischief, they will not succeed.
 For you will put them to flight;
you will aim at their faces with your bows.
 Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength!
We will sing and praise your power. (ESV)
Why Have You Forsaken Me?
To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David.
 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
and by night, but I find no rest.
 Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
 In you our fathers trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
 To you they cried and were rescued;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
 But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
 All who see me mock me;
they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
 “He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him;
let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”
 Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
you made me trust you at my mother's breasts.
 On you was I cast from my birth,
and from my mother's womb you have been my God.
 Be not far from me,
for trouble is near,
and there is none to help.
 Many bulls encompass me;
strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
 they open wide their mouths at me,
like a ravening and roaring lion.
 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
it is melted within my breast;
 my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.
 For dogs encompass me;
a company of evildoers encircles me;
they have pierced my hands and feet—
 I can count all my bones—
they stare and gloat over me;
 they divide my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.
 But you, O LORD, do not be far off!
O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
 Deliver my soul from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dog!
 Save me from the mouth of the lion!
You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!
 I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
 You who fear the LORD, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,
and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
 For he has not despised or abhorred
the affliction of the afflicted,
and he has not hidden his face from him,
but has heard, when he cried to him.
 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek him shall praise the LORD!
May your hearts live forever!
 All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the LORD,
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before you.
 For kingship belongs to the LORD,
and he rules over the nations.
 All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
even the one who could not keep himself alive.
 Posterity shall serve him;
it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
 they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
that he has done it. (ESV)
Paul Speaks to the Ephesian Elders
 Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him.  And when they came to him, he said to them:
“You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia,  serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;  how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,  testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.  And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there,  except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.  But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.  And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.  Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all,  for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.  Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.  I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;  and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.  Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.  And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.  I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel.  You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me.  In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
 And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.  And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him,  being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship. (ESV)