102 zHear my prayer, O Lord;
let my cry acome to you!
2 bDo not hide your face from me
in cthe day of my distress!
dIncline your ear to me;
3 For my days gpass away like smoke,
and my hbones burn like a furnace.
I kforget to eat my bread.
my lbones cling to my flesh.
6 I am like ma desert owl of the wilderness,
like an owl1 of the waste places;
7 I nlie awake;
and qmingle tears with my drink,
11 My days are like tan evening shadow;
I jwither away like grass.
12 But you, O Lord, are uenthroned forever;
you vare remembered throughout all generations.
ythe appointed time has come.
14 For your servants hold her zstones dear
15 Nations will afear the name of the Lord,
and all bthe kings of the earth will fear your glory.
16 For the Lord cbuilds up Zion;
he dappears in his glory;
17 he eregards the prayer of the destitute
so that ha people yet to be created may praise the Lord:
19 that he ilooked down from his holy height;
20 to hear jthe groans of the prisoners,
to set free kthose who were doomed to die,
21 that they may ldeclare in Zion the name of the Lord,
22 when mpeoples gather together,
he nhas shortened my days.
24 “O my God,” oI say, “take me not away
pyou whose years endure
25 qOf old you laid the foundation of the earth,
and rthe heavens are the work of your hands.
27 but uyou are the same, and your years have no end.
xtheir offspring shall be established before you.
 102:6 The precise identity of these birds is uncertain
2 Let ithe redeemed of the Lord say so,
3 and kgathered in from the lands,
4 Some lwandered in desert wastes,
finding no way mto a city to dwell in;
their soul nfainted within them.
6 Then they ocried to the Lord in their trouble,
7 He led them by pa straight way
till they reached ma city to dwell in.
8 qLet them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
9 For he rsatisfies the longing soul,
sand the hungry soul he fills with good things.
prisoners in vaffliction and in irons,
11 for they whad rebelled against the words of God,
and xspurned the counsel of the Most High.
they fell down, ywith none to help.
13 zThen they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
14 He brought them out of adarkness and the shadow of death,
and bburst their bonds apart.
15 cLet them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
16 For he dshatters the doors of bronze
17 Some were efools through their sinful ways,
18 fthey loathed any kind of food,
19 iThen they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and ldelivered them from their destruction.
21 mLet them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
22 And let them noffer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
23 Some qwent down to the sea in ships,
their courage tmelted away in their evil plight;
27 they reeled and ustaggered like drunken men
28 wThen they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
29 He xmade the storm be still,
30 Then they were glad that the waters3 were quiet,
31 yLet them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
10 qIsrael is a luxuriant vine
rthe more altars he built;
The Lord1 will break down their altars
s“We have no king,
4 They utter tmere words;
with empty2 oaths they make covenants;
so ujudgment springs up like poisonous weeds
vin the furrows of the field.
those who rejoiced over it and yover its glory—
for it has departed4 from them.
6 zThe thing itself shall be carried to Assyria
7 cSamaria's king shall perish
eThorn and thistle shall grow up
and fthey shall say to the mountains, “Cover us,”
9 From gthe days of Gibeah, you have sinned, O Israel;
Shall not the war against the unjust7 overtake them in Gibeah?
when they are bound up for jtheir double iniquity.
that kloved to thresh,
but I will put lEphraim to the yoke;
lJudah must plow;
12 mSow for yourselves righteousness;
nbreak up your fallow ground,
that he may come and orain righteousness upon you.
13 pYou have plowed iniquity;
14 therefore qthe tumult of war shall arise among your people,
as rShalman destroyed Beth-arbel on the day of battle;
smothers were dashed in pieces with their children.
15 Thus it shall be done to you, O tBethel,
At dawn athe king of Israel
37 As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the tribune, “May I say something to you?” And he said, “Do you know Greek? 38 Are you not rthe Egyptian, then, who recently stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out sinto the wilderness?” 39 Paul replied, t“I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no obscure city. I beg you, permit me to speak to the people.” 40 And when he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the steps, umotioned with his hand to the people. And when there was a great hush, he addressed them in vthe Hebrew language,1 saying:
22 w“Brothers and fathers, hear the defense that I now make before you.”
3 y“I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated zat the feet of aGamaliel3 baccording to the strict manner of the law of our fathers, cbeing zealous for God das all of you are this day. 4 eI persecuted fthis Way gto the death, binding and delivering to prison both men and women, 5 as hthe high priest and ithe whole council of elders can bear me witness. From them I received letters to jthe brothers, and I journeyed toward Damascus to take those also who were there and bring them in bonds to Jerusalem to be punished.
6 k“As I was on my way and drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone around me. 7 And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ 8 And I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And he said to me, ‘I am lJesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’ 9 mNow those who were with me saw the light but did not understand4 the voice of the one who was speaking to me. 10 And I said, n‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Rise, and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all that is appointed for you to do.’ 11 And since I could not see because of the brightness of that light, I was led by the hand by those who were with me, and came into Damascus.
12 “And oone Ananias, a devout man paccording to the law, qwell spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, 13 rcame to me, and standing by me said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight.’ And sat that very hour I received my sight and saw him. 14 And he said, t‘The God of our fathers uappointed you to know his will, vto see wthe Righteous One and xto hear a voice from his mouth; 15 for yyou will be a witness for him to everyone of what zyou have seen and heard. 16 And now why do you wait? aRise and be baptized and bwash away your sins, ccalling on his name.’
12 In these days jhe went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. 13 And when day came, khe called his disciples land mchose from them twelve, whom he named napostles: 14 Simon, owhom he named Peter, and pAndrew his brother, and pJames and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, 15 and qMatthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called rthe Zealot, 16 and sJudas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
17 And the came down with them and stood on a level place, with ua great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of vTyre and Sidon, 18 who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. wAnd those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19 And all the crowd xsought to touch him, for ypower came out from him and healed them all.
“Blessed are you who are poor, for byours is the kingdom of God.
21 c“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.
d“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
22 “Blessed are you when epeople hate you and when they fexclude you and revile you and gspurn your name as evil, hon account of the Son of Man! 23 iRejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for jso their fathers did to the prophets.
25 “Woe to you who are full now, for nyou shall be hungry.