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wife, Drusilla, who was Jewish. Sending for
Paul, they listened as he told them about faith
in Christ J esus. 25 As he reasoned with them
about righteousness and s elf-control and the
coming day of judgment, Felix became fright
ened. “Go away for now,” he replied. “When it
is more convenient, I’ll call for you again.” 26 He
also hoped that Paul would bribe him, so he
sent for him quite often and talked with him.
27 After two years went by in this way, Felix
was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And because
Felix wanted to gain favor with the Jewish
people, he left Paul in prison.
24:1 Greek some elders and an orator.
24:6 Some manuscripts
add an expanded conclusion to verse 6, all of verse 7, and an
additional phrase in verse 8: We would have judged him by
our law, 7but Lysias, the commander of the garrison, came and
violently took him away from us, 8commanding his accusers
24:20 Greek Sanhedrin.
24:23 Greek a
to come before you.
For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be
accompanied by stringed instruments.
Answer me when I call to you,
O God who declares me innocent.
Free me from my troubles.
Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
How long will you people ruin my
How long will you make groundless
How long will you continue
You can be sure of this:
The Lord set apart the godly for himself.
The Lord will answer when I call
Don’t sin by letting anger control you.
Think about it overnight and
Offer sacrifices in the right spirit,
and trust the Lord.
Many people say, “Who will show us better
Let your face smile on us, Lord.
You have given me greater joy
than those who have abundant harvests
of grain and new wine.
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, O Lord, will keep me
Giving a gift can open doors;
it gives access to important people!
The first to speak in court sounds r ight—
until the cross-examination begins.
Flipping a coin* can end arguments;
it settles disputes between powerful
18:18 Hebrew Casting lots.
LORD, BECAUSE OF YOUR UNFAILING LOVE, your
people can boldly enter your presence to lay out their
concerns and worship you. They speak, and you listen!
When life is hard, my instinct is to worry and search
elsewhere for solutions. Help me to see that it’s when
I leave my troubles with you that I can walk away
rejoicing. I turn to you in the morning, at noon, at night.
You are always there! Thank you. Amen.
1 CHRONICLES 4:5–5:17
Ashhur (the father of Tekoa) had two wives,
named Helah and Naarah. 6 Naarah gave
birth to Ahuzzam, Hepher, Temeni, and
Haahashtari. 7 Helah gave birth to Zereth,
Izhar,* Ethnan, 8 and Koz, who became the
ancestor of Anub, Zobebah, and all the
families of Aharhel son of Harum.
9 There was a man named Jabez who was
more honorable than any of his brothers.
His mother named him Jabez* because his
birth had been so painful. 10 He was the
one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh,
that you would bless me and expand my
territory! Please be with me in all that I do,
and keep me from all trouble and pain!”
And God granted him his request.
11 Kelub (the brother of Shuhah) was the
father of Mehir. Mehir was the father of
Eshton. 12 Eshton was the father of B
rapha, Paseah, and Tehinnah. Tehinnah
was the father of I r-nahash. These were
the descendants of Recah.
13 The sons of Kenaz were Othniel and
Seraiah. Othniel’s sons were Hathath and
Meonothai.* 14 Meonothai was the father
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