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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)


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Warnings on the Journey to Jerusalem


1 Now it came to pass, that when we had departed from them and set sail, running a straight course we came to Cos, the following day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara.
2 And finding a ship sailing over to Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail.
3 When we had sighted Cyprus, we passed it on the left, sailed to Syria, and landed at Tyre; for there the ship was to unload her cargo.
4 And finding 1disciples,we stayed

CHAPTER 21 References

4 a[Acts 20:23;
21:12] 1NU
the disciples
5 aActs 9:40;
6 aJohn 1:11
8 aActs 8:40;
21:16 bEph.
4:11 cActs 6:5
1NU omits
who were
Paul’s companions
9 aJoel 2:28
10 aActs 11:28
11 aActs 20:23;
21:33; 22:25
13 aActs 20:24,
14 aLuke 11:2;
15 1made
17 aActs 15:4
18 aGal. 1:19;
19 aRom.
15:18, 19
bActs 1:17;
20 aActs 15:1;

there seven days. aThey told Paul through the Spirit not to go up to Jerusalem.
5 When we had come to the end of those days,we departed and went on our way; and they all accompanied us, with wives and children, till we were out of the city. And awe knelt down on the shore and prayed.
6 When we had taken our leave of one another, we boarded the ship, and they returned ahome.
7 And when we had finished our voyage from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, greeted the brethren, and stayed with them one day.
8 On the next day we 1who were Paul’s companions departed and came to aCaesarea, and entered the house of Philip bthe evangelist, cwho was one of the seven, and stayed with him.
9 Now this man had four virgin daughters awho prophesied.
10 And as we stayed many days, a certain prophet named aAgabus came down from Judea.
11 When he had come to us, he took Paul’s belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, a‘So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’ ”
12 Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem.
13 Then Paul answered, a“What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
14 So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, a“The will of the Lord be done.”

Paul Urged to Make Peace

15 And after those days we 1packed and went up to Jerusalem.
16 Also some of the disciples from Caesarea went with us and brought with them a certain Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we were to lodge.
17 aAnd when we had come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.
18 On the following day Paul went in with us to aJames, and all the elders were present.
19 When he had greeted them, ahe told in detail those things which God had done among the Gentiles bthrough his ministry.
20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord. And they said to him, “You see, brother, how many myriads of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all azealous for the law;
21 “but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews

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who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs.
22 1“What then? The assembly must certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come.
23 “Therefore do what we tell you: We have four men who have taken a vow.
24 “Take them and be purified with them, and pay their expenses so that they may ashave their heads, and that all may know that those things of which they were informed concerning you are nothing, but that you yourself also walk orderly and keep the law.
25 “But concerning the Gentiles who believe, we have written and decided 1that they should observe no such thing, excepta that they should keep themselves from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from 2sexual immorality.”

Arrested in the Temple

26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day, having been purified with them, aentered the temple bto announce the 1expiration of the days of purification, at which time an offering should be made for each one of them.
27 Now when the seven days were almost ended, athe Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and blaid hands on him,
28 crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man awho teaches all men everywhere against the people, the law, and this place; and furthermore he also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.”
29 (For they had 1previously seen aTrophimus the Ephesian with him in the city,whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)
30 And aall the city was disturbed; and the people ran together, seized Paul, and dragged him out of the temple; and immediately the doors were shut.
31 Now as they were aseeking to kill him, news came to the commander of the 1garrison that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.
32 aHe immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down to them. And when they saw the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.
33 Then the acommander came near and took him, and bcommanded him to be bound with two chains; and he asked who he was and what he had done.
34 And some among the multitude cried one thing and some another. So when he could not ascertain the truth because of the tumult, he com-

22 1NU What
then is to be
done? They
will certainly
24 aNum. 6:2,
13, 18; Acts
25 aActs 15:19,
20, 29 1NU
omits that
they should
observe no
such thing,
except 1fornication
26 aJohn 11:55;
Acts 21:24;
24:18 bNum.
6:13; Acts
24:18 1completion
27 aActs 20:19;
24:18 bActs
28 a[Matt.
24:15]; Acts
6:13; 24:6
29 aActs 20:4
1M omits previously
30 a2 Kin.
11:15; Acts
16:19; 26:21
31 a2 Cor.
11:23 1cohort
32 aActs 23:27;
33 aActs 24:7
bActs 20:23;
21:11; Eph.
6:20; 2 Tim.
1:16; 2:9
36 aLuke
23:18; John
19:15; Acts
38 aActs 5:36
39 aActs 9:11;
22:3; 2 Cor.
11:22; Phil.
40 aActs 12:17
bJohn 5:2;
Acts 22:2

CHAPTER 22 References

1 aActs 7:2
2 aActs 21:40
3 aActs 21:39;
2 Cor. 11:22
bDeut. 33:3
cActs 5:34
dActs 23:6;
26:5; Phil. 3:6
eActs 21:20;
Gal. 1:14
f[Rom. 10:2] 4 aActs 8:3;
26:9–11; Phil.
3:6; 1 Tim.
5 aActs 23:14;
24:1; 25:15
bLuke 22:66;
Acts 4:5;
1 Tim. 4:14
cActs 9:2
6 aActs 9:3;
26:12, 13
9 aDan. 10:7;
Acts 9:7 1NU
omits and
were afraid

ACTS 22:11

manded him to be taken into the barracks.
35 When he reached the stairs, he had to be carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the mob.
36 For the multitude of the people followed after, crying out, a“Away with him!”

Addressing the Jerusalem Mob

37 Then as Paul was about to be led into the barracks, he said to the commander, “May I speak to you?” He replied, “Can you speak Greek?
38 a“Are you not the Egyptian who some time ago stirred up a rebellion and led the four thousand assassins out into the wilderness?”
39 But Paul said, a“I am a Jew from Tarsus, in Cilicia, a citizen of no 1mean city; and I implore you, permit me to speak to the people.”
40 So when he had given him permission, Paul stood on the stairs and amotioned with his hand to the people. And when there was a great silence, he spoke to them in the bHebrew language, saying,


1 “Brethrena and fathers, hear my defense before you now.”
2 And when they heard that he spoke to them in the aHebrew language, they kept all the more silent. Then he said:
3 a“I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city bat the feet of cGamaliel, taught daccording to the strictness of our fathers’ law, and ewas zealous toward God fas you all are today.
4 a“I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women,
5 “as also the high priest bears me witness, and aall the council of the elders, bfrom whom I also received letters to the brethren, and went to Damascus cto bring in chains even those who were there to Jerusalem to be punished.
6 “Now ait happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven 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 “So I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’
9 “And athose who were with me indeed saw the light 1and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me.
10 “So I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all things which are appointed for you to do.’
11 “And since I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by

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ACTS 22:12

the hand of those who were with me, I came into Damascus.
12 “Then aa certain Ananias, a devout man according to the law, bhaving a good testimony with all the cJews who dwelt there,
13 “came to me; and he stood and said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight.’ And at that same hour I looked up at him.
14 “Then he said, a‘The God of our fathers bhas chosen you that you should cknow His will, and dsee the Just One, eand hear the voice of His mouth.
15 a‘For you will be His witness to all men of bwhat you have seen and heard.
16 ‘And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, aand wash away your sins, bcalling on the name of the Lord.’
17 “Now ait happened, when I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, that I was in a trance
18 “and asaw Him saying to me, b‘Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, for they will not receive your testimony concerning Me.’
19 “So I said, ‘Lord, athey know that in every synagogue I imprisoned and bbeat those who believe on You.
20 a‘And when the blood of Your martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by bconsenting 1to his death, and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.’
21 “Then He said to me, ‘Depart, afor I will send you far from here to the Gentiles.’ ”

Paul’s Roman Citizenship

22 And they listened to him until this word, and then they raised their voices and said, a“Away with such a fellow from the earth, for bhe is not fit to live!”
23 Then, as they cried out and 1tore off their clothes and threw dust into the air,
24 the commander ordered him to be brought into the barracks, and said that he should be examined under scourging, so that he might know why they shouted so against him.
25 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who stood by, a“Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman, and uncondemned?”
26 When the centurion heard that, he went and told the commander, saying, “Take care what you do, for this man is a Roman.”
27 Then the commander came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman?” He said, “Yes.”
28 The commander answered, “With a large sum I obtained this citizenship.” And Paul said, “But I was born a citizen.”
29 Then immediately those who were about to examine him with-

12 aActs 9:17
bActs 10:22
c1 Tim. 3:7
14 aActs 3:13;
5:30 bActs
9:15; 26:16
cActs 3:14;
7:52 d1 Cor.
9:1; 15:8 eGal.
15 aActs 23:11
bActs 4:20;
16 aHeb. 10:22
bRom. 10:13
17 aActs 9:26;
18 aActs 22:14
bMatt. 10:14
19 aActs 8:3;
22:4 bMatt.
20 aActs
bLuke 11:48
1NU omits to
his death
21 aActs 9:15
22 aActs 21:36
bActs 25:24
23 1Lit. threw
25 aActs 16:37

drew from him; and the commander was also afraid after he found out that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.

The Sanhedrin Divided

30 The next day, because he wanted to know for certain why he was accused by the Jews, he released him from his bonds, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down and set him before them.

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Song of Victory over Zion’s Enemies

A Song of Ascents.

1 “MANY a time they have aafflicted1 me from bmy youth,” cLet Israel now say—
2 “Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth; Yet they have not prevailed against me.
3 The plowers plowed on my back; They made their furrows long.”
4 The LORD is righteous; He has cut in pieces the cords of the wicked.

PSALM 129 References

1 a[Jer. 1:19;
15:20]; Matt.
16:18; 2 Cor.
4:8, 9 bEzek.
23:3; Hos. 2:15
cPs. 124:1
6 aPs. 37:2
7 1arms full,
lit. bosom
8 aRuth 2:4

5 Let all those who hate Zion Be put to shame and turned back.
6 Let them be as the agrass on the housetops, Which withers before it grows up,
7 With which the reaper does not fill his hand, Nor he who binds sheaves, his 1arms.
8 Neither let those who pass by them say, a“The blessing of the LORD be upon you; We bless you in the name of the LORD!”




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