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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)

 

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CHAPTER 23 References

1 a2 Tim. 1:3
2 aJohn 18:22
3 aDeut.
25:1, 2
5 aLev. 5:17,
18 bEx. 22:28
6 aPhil. 3:5
bActs 24:15,
21; 26:6; 28:20
8 aMatt. 22:23
9 aActs 25:25;
26:31 bActs
22:6, 7, 17, 18
cActs 5:39
1NU what if a
spirit or an
angel has
spoken to
him? omitting
the last clause
11 aActs 18:9;
27:23, 24
bActs 21:18,
19; 22:1–21
cActs 28:16,
17, 23 1Take
courage
12 aActs 23:21,
30; 25:3 bActs
9:23, 24; 25:3;
26:21; 27:42

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.

23

1 Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, “Men and brethren, aI have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.”
2 And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him ato strike him on the mouth.
3 Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! For you sit to judge me according to the law, and ado you command me to be struck contrary to the law?”
4 And those who stood by said, “Do you revile God’s high priest?”
5 Then Paul said, a“I did not know, brethren, that he was the high priest; for it is written, b‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.’ ”
6 But when Paul perceived that one part were WORD OR TEXT HERE and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Men and brethren, aI am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; bconcerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!”
7 And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees; and the assembly was divided.
8 aFor Sadducees say that there is no resurrection—and no angel or spirit; but the Pharisees confess both.
9 Then there arose a loud outcry. And the scribes of the Pharisees’ party arose and protested, saying, a“We find no evil in this man; 1but bif a spirit or an angel has spoken to him, clet us not fight against God.”
10 Now when there arose a great dissension, the commander, fearing lest Paul might be pulled to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him by force from among them, and bring him into the barracks.

The Plot Against Paul

11 But athe following night the Lord stood by him and said, 1“Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in bJerusalem, so you must also bear witness at cRome.”
12 And when it was day, asome of the Jews banded together and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had bkilled Paul.

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13 Now there were more than forty who had formed this conspiracy.
14 They came to the chief priests and aelders, and said, “We have bound ourselves under a great oath that we will eat nothing until we have killed Paul.
15 “Now you, therefore, together with the council, suggest to the commander that he be brought down to you 1tomorrow, as though you were going to make further inquiries concerning him; but we are ready to kill him before he comes near.”
16 So when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their ambush, he went and entered the barracks and told Paul.
17 Then Paul called one of the centurions to him and said, “Take this young man to the commander, for he has something to tell him.”
18 So he took him and brought him to the commander and said, “Paul the prisoner called me to him and asked me to bring this young man to you. He has something to say to you.”
19 Then the commander took him by the hand, went aside, and asked privately, “What is it that you have to tell me?”
20 And he said, a“The Jews have agreed to ask that you bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire more fully about him.
21 “But do not yield to them, for more than forty of them lie in wait for him, men who have bound themselves by an oath that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him; and now they are ready, waiting for the promise from you.”
22 So the commander let the young man depart, and commanded him, “Tell no one that you have revealed these things to me.”

Sent to Felix

23 And he called for two centurions, saying, “Prepare two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen to go to aCaesarea at the third hour of the night;
24 “and provide mounts to set Paul on, and bring him safely to Felix the governor.”
25 He wrote a letter in the following manner:

26 Claudius Lysias,

To the most excellent governor Felix:

Greetings.

27 aThis man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them. Coming with the troops I rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman.
28 aAnd when I wanted to know the reason they accused him, I

14 aActs 4:5,
23; 6:12; 22:5;
24:1; 25:15
15 1NU omits
tomorrow
20 aActs 23:12
23 aActs 8:40;
23:33
27 aActs 21:30,
33; 24:7
28 aActs 22:30
29 aActs 18:15;
25:19 bActs
25:25; 26:31
30 aActs 23:20
bActs 24:8;
25:6 1NU
there would
be a plot
against the
man
33 aActs 8:40
bActs
23:26–30
34 aActs 6:9;
21:39
35 aActs 24:1,
10; 25:16
bMatt. 27:27
1Headquarters

CHAPTER 24 References

1 aActs 21:27
bActs 23:2, 30,
35; 25:2
2 1Or reforms
are
4 1graciousness
5 a1 Pet. 2:12,
15
6 aActs 21:28
bJohn 18:31
1NU ends the
sentence here
and omits the
rest of v. 6, all
of v. 7, and
the first
clause of v. 8.
7 aActs 21:33;
23:10
8 aActs 23:30
9 1NU, M
joined the
attack

ACTS 24:9

brought him before their council.
29 I found out that he was accused aconcerning questions of their law, bbut had nothing charged against him deserving of death or chains.
30 And awhen it was told me that 1the Jews lay in wait for the man, I sent him immediately to you, and balso commanded his accusers to state before you the charges against him. Farewell.

31 Then the soldiers, as they were commanded, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris.
32 The next day they left the horsemen to go on with him, and returned to the barracks.
33 When they came to aCaesarea and had delivered the bletter to the governor, they also presented Paul to him.
34 And when the governor had read it, he asked what province he was from. And when he understood that he was from aCilicia,
35 he said, a“I will hear you when your accusers also have come.” And he commanded him to be kept in bHerod’s 1Praetorium.

Accused of Sedition

24

1 Now after afive days bAnanias the high priest came down with the elders and a certain orator named Tertullus. These gave evidence to the governor against Paul.
2 And when he was called upon, Tertullus began his accusation, saying: “Seeing that through you we enjoy great peace, and 1prosperity is being brought to this nation by your foresight,
3 “we accept it always and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.
4 “Nevertheless, not to be tedious to you any further, I beg you to hear, by your 1courtesy, a few words from us.
5 a“For we have found this man a plague, a creator of dissension among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.
6 a“He even tried to profane the temple, and we seized him, 1and wanted bto judge him according to our law.
7 a“But the commander Lysias came by and with great violence took him out of our hands,
8 a“commanding his accusers to come to you. By examining him yourself you may ascertain all these things of which we accuse him.”
9 And the Jews also 1assented, maintaining that these things were so.

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ACTS 24:10

The Defense Before Felix

10 Then Paul, after the governor had nodded to him to speak, answered: “Inasmuch as I know that you have been for many years a judge of this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself,
11 “because you may ascertain that it is no more than twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem ato worship.
12 a“And they neither found me in the temple disputing with anyone nor inciting the crowd, either in the synagogues or in the city.
13 “Nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me.
14 “But this I confess to you, that according to athe Way which they call a sect, so I worship the bGod of my fathers, believing all things which are written in cthe Law and in the Prophets.
15 a“I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, bthat there will be a resurrection 1of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.
16 a“This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.
17 “Now after many years aI came to bring alms and offerings to my nation,
18 a“in the midst of which some Jews from Asia found me bpurified in the temple, neither with a mob nor with tumult.
19 a“They ought to have been here before you to object if they had anything against me.
20 “Or else let those who are here themselves say 1if they found any wrongdoing in me while I stood before the council,
21 “unless it is for this one statement which I cried out, standing among them, a‘Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged by you this day.’ ”

Felix Procrastinates

22 But when Felix heard these things, having more accurate knowledge of the aWay, he adjourned the proceedings and said, “When bLysias the commander comes down, I will make a decision on your case.”
23 So he commanded the centurion to keep Paul and to let him have liberty, and atold him not to forbid any of his friends to provide for or visit him.
24 And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the afaith in Christ.
25 Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.”

11 aActs 21:15,
18, 26, 27;
24:17
12 aActs 25:8;
28:17
14 aAmos 8:14;
Acts 9:2; 24:22
b2 Tim. 1:3
cActs 26:22;
28:23
15 aActs 23:6;
26:6, 7; 28:20
b[Dan. 12:2;
John 5:28, 29;
11:24] 1NU
omits of the
dead
16 aActs 23:1
17 aActs 11:29,
30; Rom.
15:25–28;
1 Cor. 16:1–4;
2 Cor. 8:1–4;
9:1, 2, 12; Gal.
2:10
18 aActs 21:27;
26:21 bActs
21:26
19 a[Acts
23:30; 25:16] 20 1NU, M
what wrongdoing
they
found
21 a[Acts 23:6;
24:15; 28:20] 22 aActs 9:2;
18:26; 19:9,
23; 22:4 bActs
23:26; 24:7
23 aActs 23:16;
27:3; 28:16
24 a[John 3:15;
5:24; 11:25;
12:46; 20:31;
Rom. 10:9] 26 aEx. 23:8
1NU omits
that he might
release him
27 aEx. 23:2;
Acts 12:3;
23:35; 25:9, 14

26 Meanwhile he also hoped that amoney would be given him by Paul, 1that he might release him. Therefore he sent for him more often and conversed with him.
27 But after two years Porcius Festus succeeded Felix; and Felix, awanting to do the Jews a favor, left Paul bound.

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PSALM 130

Waiting for the Redemption of the LORD

A Song of Ascents.

1 OUT aof the depths I have cried to You, O LORD;
2 Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications.

3 aIf You, LORD, should 1mark iniquities, O Lord, who could bstand?
4 But there is aforgiveness with You, That bYou may be feared.

PSALM 130 References

1 aLam. 3:55
3 a[Ps. 143:2] b[Nah. 1:6] 1take note of
4 a[Ex. 34:7] b[1 Kin. 8:39,
40] 5 a[Ps. 27:14] bPs. 119:81
6 aPs. 119:147
7 aPs. 131:3
b[Is. 55:7] 8 a[Ps. 103:3,
4]

5 aI wait for the LORD, my soul waits, And bin His word I do hope.
6 aMy soul waits for the Lord More than those who watch for the morning— Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.

7 aO Israel, hope in the LORD; For bwith the LORD there is mercy, And with Him is abundant redemption.
8 And aHe shall redeem Israel From all his iniquities.

 
 

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