Psalm 128, CSB
A song of ascents.
How happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways!
You will surely eat what your hands have worked for. You will be happy, and it will go well for you.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house, your children, like young olive trees around your table.
In this very way the man who fears the Lord will be blessed.
May the Lord bless you from Zion, so that you will see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life and will see your children’s children! Peace be with Israel.
Psalm 129, CSB
A song of ascents.
Since my youth they have often attacked me— let Israel say—since my youth they have often attacked me, but they have not prevailed against me.
Plowmen plowed over my back; they made their furrows long.
The Lord is righteous; he has cut the ropes of the wicked.
Let all who hate Zion be driven back in disgrace.
Let them be like grass on the rooftops, which withers before it grows up and can’t even fill the hands of the reaper or the arms of the one who binds sheaves.
Then none who pass by will say, “May the Lord’s blessing be on you. We bless you in the name of the Lord.”
Proverbs 27:14–27, CSB
If one blesses his neighbor with a loud voice early in the morning, it will be counted as a curse to him.
An endless dripping on a rainy day and a nagging wife are alike; the one who controls her controls the wind and grasps oil with his right hand.
Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens another.
Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever looks after his master will be honored.
As water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the person.
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and people’s eyes are never satisfied.
As a crucible refines silver, and a smelter refines gold, so a person should refine his praise.
Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, you will not separate his foolishness from him.
Know well the condition of your flock, and pay attention to your herds, for wealth is not forever; not even a crown lasts for all time.
When hay is removed and new growth appears and the grain from the hills is gathered in, lambs will provide your clothing, and goats, the price of a field; there will be enough goat’s milk for your food— food for your household and nourishment for your female servants.
Acts 9:26–10:8, CSB
When he arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, since they did not believe he was a disciple.
Barnabas, however, took him and brought him to the apostles and explained to them how Saul had seen the Lord on the road and that the Lord had talked to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken boldly in the name of Jesus.
Saul was coming and going with them in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.
He conversed and debated with the Hellenistic Jews, but they tried to kill him.
When the brothers found out, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.
So the church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.
As Peter was traveling from place to place, he also came down to the saints who lived in Lydda.
There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years.
Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed,” and immediately he got up.
So all who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.
In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which is translated Dorcas). She was always doing good works and acts of charity.
About that time she became sick and died. After washing her, they placed her in a room upstairs.
Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples heard that Peter was there and sent two men to him who urged him, “Don’t delay in coming with us.”
Peter got up and went with them. When he arrived, they led him to the room upstairs. And all the widows approached him, weeping and showing him the robes and clothes that Dorcas had made while she was with them.
Peter sent them all out of the room. He knelt down, prayed, and turning toward the body said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up.
He gave her his hand and helped her stand up. He called the saints and widows and presented her alive.
This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.
Peter stayed for some time in Joppa with Simon, a leather tanner.
There was a man in Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment.
He was a devout man and feared God along with his whole household. He did many charitable deeds for the Jewish people and always prayed to God.
About three in the afternoon he distinctly saw in a vision an angel of God who came in and said to him, “Cornelius.”
Staring at him in awe, he said, “What is it, Lord?” The angel told him, “Your prayers and your acts of charity have ascended as a memorial offering before God.
Now send men to Joppa and call for Simon, who is also named Peter.
He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea.”
When the angel who spoke to him had gone, he called two of his household servants and a devout soldier, who was one of those who attended him.
After explaining everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.