Day 111 of 365 – April 21 - Chronological Bible

Psalm 35

Great Is the Lord


Of David.


Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me;

fight against those who fight against me!

Take hold of shield and buckler

and rise for my help!

Draw the spear and javelin

against my pursuers!

Say to my soul,

“I am your salvation!”


Let them be put to shame and dishonor

who seek after my life!

Let them be turned back and disappointed

who devise evil against me!

Let them be like chaff before the wind,

with the angel of the Lord driving them away!

Let their way be dark and slippery,

with the angel of the Lord pursuing them!


For without cause they hid their net for me;

without cause they dug a pit for my life.

Let destruction come upon him when he does not know it!

And let the net that he hid ensnare him;

let him fall into it—to his destruction!

Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord,

exulting in his salvation.

All my bones shall say,

“O Lord, who is like you,

delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him,

the poor and needy from him who robs him?”


Malicious witnesses rise up;

they ask me of things that I do not know.

They repay me evil for good;

my soul is bereft.

But I, when they were sick— I wore sackcloth;

I afflicted myself with fasting;

I prayed with head bowed on my chest.

I went about as though I grieved

for my friend or my brother;

as one who laments his mother,

I bowed down in mourning.

But at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered;

they gathered together against me;

wretches whom I did not know tore at me without ceasing;

like profane mockers at a feast,

they gnash at me with their teeth.


How long, O Lord, will you look on?

Rescue me from their destruction,

my precious life from the lions!

I will thank you in the great congregation;

in the mighty throng I will praise you.

Let not those rejoice over me

who are wrongfully my foes,

and let not those wink the eye

who hate me without cause.

For they do not speak peace,

but against those who are quiet in the land

they devise words of deceit.

They open wide their mouths against me;

they say, “Aha, Aha! our eyes have seen it!”


You have seen, O Lord; be not silent!

O Lord, be not far from me!

Awake and rouse yourself for my vindication,

for my cause, my God and my Lord!

Vindicate me, O Lord, my God, according to your righteousness,

and let them not rejoice over me!

Let them not say in their hearts, “Aha, our heart’s desire!”

Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.”


Let them be put to shame and disappointed altogether

who rejoice at my calamity!

Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor

who magnify themselves against me!

Let those who delight in my righteousness

shout for joy and be glad

and say evermore, “Great is the Lord,

who delights in the welfare of his servant!”


Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness

and of your praise all the day long.


Psalm 41

O Lord, Be Gracious to Me

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.


Blessed is the one who considers the poor!

In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him;

the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;

he is called blessed in the land;

you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.

The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;

in his illness you restore him to full health.


As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me; 

heal me, for I have sinned against you! 

My enemies say of me in malice,

“When will he die and his name perish?”

And when one comes to see me,

he utters empty words, while his heart gathers iniquity;

when he goes out, he tells it abroad.


All who hate me whisper together about me;

they imagine the worst for me.

They say, “A deadly thing is poured out on him;

he will not rise again from where he lies.”

Even my close friend

in whom I trusted,

who ate my bread,

has lifted his heel against me.


But you, O Lord, be gracious to me,

and raise me up, that I may repay them!

By this I know that you delight in me:

my enemy will not shout in triumph over me.

But you have upheld me because of my integrity,

and set me in your presence forever.


Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,

from everlasting to everlasting!

Amen and Amen.


Psalm 43

Send Out Your Light and Your Truth


Vindicate me, O God,

and defend my cause

against an ungodly people,

from the deceitful and unjust man

deliver me!

For you are the God in whom I take refuge;

why have you rejected me?

Why do I go about mourning

because of the oppression of the enemy?

Send out your light and your truth;

let them lead me;

let them bring me to your holy hill

and to your dwelling!

Then I will go to the altar of God,

to God my exceeding joy,

and I will praise you with the lyre,

O God, my God.


Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you in turmoil within me?

Hope in God;

for I shall again praise him,

my salvation and my God.


Psalm 46

God Is Our Fortress


To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song.


God is our refuge and strength,

a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,

though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam,

though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah


There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy habitation of the Most High.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;

God will help her when morning dawns.

The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;

he utters his voice, the earth melts.


The Lord of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah


Come, behold the works of the Lord,

how he has brought desolations on the earth.

He makes wars cease

to the end of the earth;

he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

he burns the chariots with fire.

“Be still, and know that I am God.

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth!”


The Lord of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah


Psalm 55

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.



Holy Bible, English Standard Version,

as arranged in chronological order by F. Legard Smith

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