Read the Bible | July 21st
The Steadfast Love of the LORD
 Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous!
Praise befits the upright.
 Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre;
make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
 Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
 For the word of the LORD is upright,
and all his work is done in faithfulness.
 He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.
 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
and by the breath of his mouth all their host.
 He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;
he puts the deeps in storehouses.
 Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
 For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.
 The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
 The counsel of the LORD stands forever,
the plans of his heart to all generations.
 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!
 The LORD looks down from heaven;
he sees all the children of man;
 from where he sits enthroned he looks out
on all the inhabitants of the earth,
 he who fashions the hearts of them all
and observes all their deeds.
 The king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
 The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
and by its great might it cannot rescue.
 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
 that he may deliver their soul from death
and keep them alive in famine.
 Our soul waits for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.
 For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
 Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,
even as we hope in you. (ESV)
Taste and See That the LORD Is Good
Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.
 I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
 My soul makes its boast in the LORD;
let the humble hear and be glad.
 Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
and let us exalt his name together!
 I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
 Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
 The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
 Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no lack!
 The young lions suffer want and hunger;
but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
 Come, O children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
 What man is there who desires life
and loves many days, that he may see good?
 Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking deceit.
 Turn away from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
 The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous
and his ears toward their cry.
 The face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
 When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.
 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
 He keeps all his bones;
not one of them is broken.
 Affliction will slay the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
 The LORD redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned. (ESV)
Great Is the LORD
 Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me;
fight against those who fight against me!
 Take hold of shield and buckler
and rise for my help!
 Draw the spear and javelin
against my pursuers!
Say to my soul,
“I am your salvation!”
 Let them be put to shame and dishonor
who seek after my life!
Let them be turned back and disappointed
who devise evil against me!
 Let them be like chaff before the wind,
with the angel of the LORD driving them away!
 Let their way be dark and slippery,
with the angel of the LORD pursuing them!
 For without cause they hid their net for me;
without cause they dug a pit for my life.
 Let destruction come upon him when he does not know it!
And let the net that he hid ensnare him;
let him fall into it—to his destruction!
 Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD,
exulting in his salvation.
 All my bones shall say,
“O LORD, who is like you,
delivering the poor
from him who is too strong for him,
the poor and needy from him who robs him?”
 Malicious witnesses rise up;
they ask me of things that I do not know.
 They repay me evil for good;
my soul is bereft.
 But I, when they were sick—
I wore sackcloth;
I afflicted myself with fasting;
I prayed with head bowed on my chest.
 I went about as though I grieved for my friend or my brother;
as one who laments his mother,
I bowed down in mourning.
 But at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered;
they gathered together against me;
wretches whom I did not know
tore at me without ceasing;
 like profane mockers at a feast,
they gnash at me with their teeth.
 How long, O Lord, will you look on?
Rescue me from their destruction,
my precious life from the lions!
 I will thank you in the great congregation;
in the mighty throng I will praise you.
 Let not those rejoice over me
who are wrongfully my foes,
and let not those wink the eye
who hate me without cause.
 For they do not speak peace,
but against those who are quiet in the land
they devise words of deceit.
 They open wide their mouths against me;
they say, “Aha, Aha!
Our eyes have seen it!”
 You have seen, O LORD; be not silent!
O Lord, be not far from me!
 Awake and rouse yourself for my vindication,
for my cause, my God and my Lord!
 Vindicate me, O LORD, my God,
according to your righteousness,
and let them not rejoice over me!
 Let them not say in their hearts,
“Aha, our heart's desire!”
Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.”
 Let them be put to shame and disappointed altogether
who rejoice at my calamity!
Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor
who magnify themselves against me!
 Let those who delight in my righteousness
shout for joy and be glad
and say evermore,
“Great is the LORD,
who delights in the welfare of his servant!”
 Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness
and of your praise all the day long. (ESV)
A Plot to Kill Paul
 When it was day, the Jews made a plot and bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.  There were more than forty who made this conspiracy.  They went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have strictly bound ourselves by an oath to taste no food till we have killed Paul.  Now therefore you, along with the council, give notice to the tribune to bring him down to you, as though you were going to determine his case more exactly. And we are ready to kill him before he comes near.”
 Now the son of Paul's sister heard of their ambush, so he went and entered the barracks and told Paul.  Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the tribune, for he has something to tell him.”  So he took him and brought him to the tribune and said, “Paul the prisoner called me and asked me to bring this young man to you, as he has something to say to you.”  The tribune took him by the hand, and going aside asked him privately, “What is it that you have to tell me?”  And he said, “The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire somewhat more closely about him.  But do not be persuaded by them, for more than forty of their men are lying in ambush for him, who have bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they have killed him. And now they are ready, waiting for your consent.”  So the tribune dismissed the young man, charging him, “Tell no one that you have informed me of these things.”
Paul Sent to Felix the Governor
 Then he called two of the centurions and said, “Get ready two hundred soldiers, with seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go as far as Caesarea at the third hour of the night.  Also provide mounts for Paul to ride and bring him safely to Felix the governor.”  And he wrote a letter to this effect:
 “Claudius Lysias, to his Excellency the governor Felix, greetings.  This man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them when I came upon them with the soldiers and rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman citizen.  And desiring to know the charge for which they were accusing him, I brought him down to their council.  I found that he was being accused about questions of their law, but charged with nothing deserving death or imprisonment.  And when it was disclosed to me that there would be a plot against the man, I sent him to you at once, ordering his accusers also to state before you what they have against him.”
 So the soldiers, according to their instructions, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris.  And on the next day they returned to the barracks, letting the horsemen go on with him.  When they had come to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they presented Paul also before him.  On reading the letter, he asked what province he was from. And when he learned that he was from Cilicia,  he said, “I will give you a hearing when your accusers arrive.” And he commanded him to be guarded in Herod's praetorium. (ESV)