30 July 2015

Today's Readings and Stuff -- Thursday, 30 July 2015

Next-to-last day of the month.  Now closer to the end of the year than the beginning, now closer to the first day of autumn than the first day of spring.  Even when it's 88 degrees out, I feel the sub-zero temperatures of the winter coming.  I know that I should be more positive, more hopeful, more energized, more grateful.  I am grateful, I'm now, the 3rd longest-lived male in the family in the last 3 generations.  Most don't make it to 50 and of those who did, most didn't beat it by much.  I hit 60, which is more than I ever expected, but still have the feeling of unfinished assignments.  Not a bad idea to be reflective, particularly at inflection points of the year, and month-ends fit that.

Had Dear Wife off to the Therapy Center again this morning, another session scheduled for tomorrow morning and three more next week.  Hoping that the therapy helps, because the alternative is surgery and she doesn't tolerate them well any more.

Ah well.

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The Old Testament reading is Psalms 59, 60, and 61.


1
Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.
2
Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men.
3
For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.
4
They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.
5
Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah.
6
They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
7
Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?
8
But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.
9
Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.
10
The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.
11
Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield.
12
For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.
13
Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.
14
And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
15
Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied.
16
But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
17
Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.


1
O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.
2
Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.
3
Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.
4
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.
5
That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me.
6
God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
7
Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver;
8
Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me.
9
Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?
10
Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies?
11
Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
12
Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.


1
Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
2
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3
For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
4
I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
5
For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.
6
Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations.
7
He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.
8
So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.







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The New Testament reading is verses 16-31 of Acts 28, completing the Acts for the year.  Paul is in Rome, where he wanted to be!  Tomorrow, we begin Paul's letter to the Romans, which was written well before this section of the Acts, and in it he speaks of his great desire to come to Rome, to spread the Gospel there.  Well, he got his wish, and the Romans paid the fare.  Neat, huh??

16
And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.
17
And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
18
Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me.
19
But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.
20
For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.
21
And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee.
22
But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.
23
And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.
24
And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.
25
And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,
26
Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
27
For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
28
Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.
29
And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.
30
And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,
31
Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.


29 July 2015

Today's Readings and Stuff -- Wednesday, 29 July 2015

rather quiet today.  Dear Wife continues to recuperate.  Slowly, ever so slowly, but day by day slight improvements.  She went out on the deck and talked for a while with next-door niece.  "Girl talk", and I absented myself.  The female imperative to slice & dice all other non-present females is something I will never understand, and I doubt that most guys do, or would want to.  I've been very much outnumbered for all of our 27 years together, and, while I neither understand nor approve of this, my approval is not required and it just doesn't matter much anymore.

Another day with high (for the area) temperatures and no rain.  The garden is not doing well, the cucumber plants are showing some sort of yellow leaf blight and the cucumbers are developing oddly.  Same for the tomatoes.  Radishes failed totally.  Peas not looking good.  Got a few beans.  Peppers are OK, but the girls (Wife and niece) like them, I could live a happy life never seeing one again.  But we shall see.

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The Old Testament reading is Psalms 56, 57, and 58.

1
Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.
2
Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.
3
What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
4
In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
5
Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.
6
They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.
7
Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.
8
Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?
9
When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.
10
In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.
11
In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
12
Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.
13
For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?


1
Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
2
I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
3
He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
4
My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
5
Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.
6
They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.
7
My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
8
Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
9
I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.
10
For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.
11
Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.


1
Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?
2
Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.
3
The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.
4
Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;
5
Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.
6
Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.
7
Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.
8
As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
9
Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.
10
The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11
So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.



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The New Testament passage is verses 1-15 of Acts chapter 28.  Tomorrow will, Lord willing, complete this year's passage through the Acts.
A note here also.   Verse 1 refers to landfall in the island called Melita.  The western church believes that this is the island of Malta, which would be en route from Jerusalem to Rome.  The eastern, orthodox churches often identify it with the island of Meliten (today Mljet) off the coast of Dubrovnik in Croatia.  That is somewhat off-course, but then they were in a sailing vessel being blown far off course by some awful storms.


1
And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita.
2
And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.
3
And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
4
And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.
5
And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.
6
Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.
7
In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously.
8
And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him.
9
So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed:
10
Who also honoured us with many honours; and when we departed, they laded us with such things as were necessary.
11
And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.
12
And landing at Syracuse, we tarried there three days.
13
And from thence we fetched a compass, and came to Rhegium: and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli:
14
Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with them seven days: and so we went toward Rome.
15
And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage.

28 July 2015

Today's Readings and Stuff ----- Tuesday, 28 July 2015

another day .....................

Took Dear Wife to the Physical Therapy session this morning.  This is located in the nearest town (we live about 1-1/2 miles from the city limits) in a building in a plaza, the building used to be a large movie theater, now defunct like so many others.  Part of that building is a cut-rate grocery, the other half is a medical "complex".  The physical therapy group is there, so is wife's bone doctor, so is a big x-ray, ultrasound, etc. diagnostic center.  So, as of a couple months ago, is our primary care doctor.  Seems these days, in large part "courtesy" of the abomination known as Obamacare, physicians are more like well-paid employees, not independent professionals with their own practice.  It has a few advantages for us, discerning the "in-network" and "out of network" people is pretty easy and the data transfer between the various specialties has been pretty good, at least from our viewpoint.  With an extraordinarily complex case such as Dear Wife's, that gets to be critical, actually a life-or-death situation quite quickly, as it has on several past occasions.
But we recently got word that our Primary doctor, Dr. S., is leaving this place.  Actually, he's simply moving to the next city over, an extra 10 miles or so, and getting into another "doc-in-a-box" situation, or so it appears.  Might be one with a bit more freedom for him, not certain.  We came out of the therapy section towards the center admin area, right by the outside door, and saw his top nurse /PA on the phone with someone.  We waited until she was done, then check that Wife's appointment at the end of next week is still good (it is, she'll be about the last of his appointments), and let her know we are thinking hard about following him to his new situation.  She'll be going over there with him, which would be helpful.

All that ate about 2-1/2 hours, not including travel time.  We came home, she ate a little, then she crashed on the recliner for about 2 hours while I tried to be quiet.  Makes it impossible to do much around here, and it was 88 degrees outside, VERY hot for here.  So I sat quietly and read and surfed.

Such is our life these days.

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The Old Testament reading today is Psalms 53, 54, and 55


1
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
2
God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
3
Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
4
Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.
5
There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.
6
Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.


1
Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.
2
Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.
3
For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.
4
Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.
5
He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth.
6
I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good.
7
For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.


1
Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.
2
Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;
3
Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.
4
My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.
5
Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.
6
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.
7
Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.
8
I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.
9
Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
10
Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.
11
Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.
12
For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him:
13
But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.
14
We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.
15
Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.
16
As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.
17
Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
18
He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.
19
God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.
20
He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.
21
The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.
22
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
23
But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.





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The New Testament passage is verses 26-44 of Acts 27.  Paul is on his way, under guard, to Rome, there to appeal to Caesar.  And, in so doing, to spread the Gospel in a new area and at Rome's expense as well.  The seeds he will plant there grew, and we see the results even today, nearly 2000 years later.  Not bad!!  But in the meantime, he' s having to deal with the here and now, and in this case, that means being on board a small ship in the Mediterranean Sea in a horrible storm that ends in the destruction of the ship.  Talk about opposition!!

26
Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island.
27
But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country;
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And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms.
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Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.
30
And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship,
31
Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.
32
Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.
33
And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.
34
Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.
35
And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.
36
Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat.
37
And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls.
38
And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and cast out the wheat into the sea.
39
And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it were possible, to thrust in the ship.
40
And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore.
41
And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.
42
And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape.
43
But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land:
44
And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.



27 July 2015

Today's Readings and Stuff -- Monday, 27 July 2015

hard to believe that in a few days we will enter that period of the year with the long month names.  I prefer, FAR prefer, the ones with really short names.  Names like April, May, June, July.  I hate the ones like October, December, February, etc.  But we are now about 1/3 of the way from the summer solstice to the autumn equinox.  I know that path, have seen it too many times, and hated it always.  I restrained the loathing pretty well when we lived in the South, but we're now about 100 miles south of the Canadian border, and the weather confirms that.
Does not help my mood, no not a bit.

Dear Wife is looking a bit better.  She went next door and "watched" beloved great-niece today.  They both love that, the Little One fell asleep in her arms.  Makes for good memories and bonding for sure.

Tonight she took the Humira stuff, tomorrow she has a physical therapy session scheduled.  Had several scheduled for last week, but she was REAL sick and cancelled.  We'll try to re-set during the session tomorrow.   Her foot and ankle, the one she broke a few years ago, have her in constant pain.  There's not a thing I can do for that.  Massage and rubs and heating pads and all are very well, but provide only a moderate and temporary relief.  There may be no cure as such, but we continue to hope and pray for healing and relief.

The water situation seems to be rectified.  A nearby oil well holding tank sprung a leak and dumped several barrels of oil into a creek that joins a larger stream that feeds a river that runs into the reservoir from whence the utility draws our water.  They've had us on pretty heavy conservation since Friday morning.  That was lifted today, so we can take showers and flush the toilet more than twice a day and do dishes and all that stuff.  We had three days of dirty dishes piled up.  I am the dishwasher here (the automatic one being No Good) so have spent a lot of time at the sink.  I am lazy enough to not dry the dishes, just place them in a dish drainer rack and wait for the water to evaporate.  Just got done a bit ago.

An exciting life we lead, eh?

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The Old Testament passage here is Psalms 50, 51, and 52.  Psalm 51 is a long-time personal favorite.

1
The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
2
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.
3
Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.
4
He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.
5
Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
6
And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.
7
Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God.
8
I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me.
9
I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.
10
For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
11
I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
12
If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
13
Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?
14
Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
15
And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
16
But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?
17
Seeing thou hatest instruction, and casteth my words behind thee.
18
When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.
19
Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.
20
Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.
21
These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
22
Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
23
Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.


1
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2
Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3
For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8
Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9
Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
13
Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15
O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16
For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
18
Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
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Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.


1
Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.
2
The tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
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Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.
4
Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.
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God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.
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The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:
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Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.
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But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.
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I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.



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The New Testament passage is verses 1-25 of chapter 27 of the Acts.  Even in the storms, the Lord was at work.


1
And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band.
2
And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us.
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And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself.
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And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary.
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And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia.
6
And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein.
7
And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete, over against Salmone;
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And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called The fair havens; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea.
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Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,
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And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.
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Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.
12
And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west.
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And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete.
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But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.
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And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.
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And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat:
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Which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, strake sail, and so were driven.
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And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship;
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And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship.
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And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.
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But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.
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And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship.
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For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
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Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.
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Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.