Read the Bible | July 28th
There Is None Who Does Good
To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David.
 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity;
there is none who does good.
 God looks down from heaven
on the children of man
to see if there are any who understand,
who seek after God.
 They have all fallen away;
together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one.
 Have those who work evil no knowledge,
who eat up my people as they eat bread,
and do not call upon God?
 There they are, in great terror,
where there is no terror!
For God scatters the bones of him who encamps against you;
you put them to shame, for God has rejected them.
 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When God restores the fortunes of his people,
let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad. (ESV)
The Lord Upholds My Life
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Maskil of David, when the Ziphites went and told Saul, “Is not David hiding among us?”
 O God, save me by your name,
and vindicate me by your might.
 O God, hear my prayer;
give ear to the words of my mouth.
 For strangers have risen against me;
ruthless men seek my life;
they do not set God before themselves. Selah
 Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord is the upholder of my life.
 He will return the evil to my enemies;
in your faithfulness put an end to them.
 With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
I will give thanks to your name, O LORD, for it is good.
 For he has delivered me from every trouble,
and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies. (ESV)
Cast Your Burden on the LORD
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Maskil of David.
 Give ear to my prayer, O God,
and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!
 Attend to me, and answer me;
I am restless in my complaint and I moan,
 because of the noise of the enemy,
because of the oppression of the wicked.
For they drop trouble upon me,
and in anger they bear a grudge against me.
 My heart is in anguish within me;
the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
 Fear and trembling come upon me,
and horror overwhelms me.
 And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest;
 yes, I would wander far away;
I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah
 I would hurry to find a shelter
from the raging wind and tempest.”
 Destroy, O Lord, divide their tongues;
for I see violence and strife in the city.
 Day and night they go around it
on its walls,
and iniquity and trouble are within it;
 ruin is in its midst;
oppression and fraud
do not depart from its marketplace.
 For it is not an enemy who taunts me—
then I could bear it;
it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me—
then I could hide from him.
 But it is you, a man, my equal,
my companion, my familiar friend.
 We used to take sweet counsel together;
within God's house we walked in the throng.
 Let death steal over them;
let them go down to Sheol alive;
for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.
 But I call to God,
and the LORD will save me.
 Evening and morning and at noon
I utter my complaint and moan,
and he hears my voice.
 He redeems my soul in safety
from the battle that I wage,
for many are arrayed against me.
 God will give ear and humble them,
he who is enthroned from of old, Selah
because they do not change
and do not fear God.
 My companion stretched out his hand against his friends;
he violated his covenant.
 His speech was smooth as butter,
yet war was in his heart;
his words were softer than oil,
yet they were drawn swords.
 Cast your burden on the LORD,
and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
the righteous to be moved.
 But you, O God, will cast them down
into the pit of destruction;
men of blood and treachery
shall not live out half their days.
But I will trust in you. (ESV)
Paul Arrives at Rome
 After three months we set sail in a ship that had wintered in the island, a ship of Alexandria, with the twin gods as a figurehead.  Putting in at Syracuse, we stayed there for three days.  And from there we made a circuit and arrived at Rhegium. And after one day a south wind sprang up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli.  There we found brothers and were invited to stay with them for seven days. And so we came to Rome.  And the brothers there, when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, Paul thanked God and took courage.  And when we came into Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier who guarded him.
Paul in Rome
 After three days he called together the local leaders of the Jews, and when they had gathered, he said to them, “Brothers, though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.  When they had examined me, they wished to set me at liberty, because there was no reason for the death penalty in my case.  But because the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar—though I had no charge to bring against my nation.  For this reason, therefore, I have asked to see you and speak with you, since it is because of the hope of Israel that I am wearing this chain.”  And they said to him, “We have received no letters from Judea about you, and none of the brothers coming here has reported or spoken any evil about you.  But we desire to hear from you what your views are, for with regard to this sect we know that everywhere it is spoken against.”
 When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening he expounded 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.  And some were convinced by what he said, but others disbelieved.  And disagreeing among themselves, they departed after Paul had made one statement: “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet:
 “‘Go to this people, and say,
“You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
 For this people's heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed;
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.’
 Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.”
 He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him,  proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance. (ESV)