I-- I am the One who comforts you. Who are you that you should fear man who dies, or a son of man who is given up like grass?
But you have forgotten the LORD, your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth. You are in constant dread all day long because of the fury of the oppressor, who has set himself to destroy. But where is the fury of the oppressor?
The fear of man is a snare, but the one who trusts in the LORD is protected.
Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant approached him and she said, "You were with Jesus the Galilean too."
But he denied it in front of everyone: "I don't know what you're talking about!"
When he had gone out to the gateway, another woman saw him and told those who were there, "This man was with Jesus the Nazarene!"
And again he denied it with an oath, "I don't know the man!"
After a little while those standing there approached and said to Peter, "You certainly are one of them, since even your accent gives you away."
Then he started to curse and to swear with an oath, "I do not know the man!" Immediately a rooster crowed,
and Peter remembered the words Jesus had spoken, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." And he went outside and wept bitterly.
For he used to eat with the Gentiles before certain men came from James. However, when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, because he feared those from the circumcision party.
Then the rest of the Jews joined his hypocrisy, so that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy.
They are a rebellious people, deceptive children, children who do not obey the LORD's instruction.
For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, and you mutter injustice.
No one makes claims justly; no one pleads honestly. They trust in empty and worthless words; they conceive trouble and give birth to iniquity.
They bent their tongues [like] their bows; lies and not faithfulness prevail in the land, for they proceed from one evil to another, and they do not take Me into account. [This is] the LORD's declaration.
Everyone has to be on guard against his friend. Don't trust any brother, for every brother will certainly deceive, and every friend spread slander.
Each one betrays his friend; no one tells the truth. They have taught their tongues to speak lies; they wear themselves out doing wrong.
You have led your own selves astray because you are the ones who sent me to the LORD your God, saying, 'Pray to the LORD our God on our behalf, and as for all that the LORD our God says, tell it to us, and we'll act accordingly.'
Because you have disheartened the righteous person with lies, even though I have not caused him grief, and because you have encouraged the wicked person not to turn from his evil way to save his life,
Ephraim surrounds me with lies, the house of Israel, with deceit. Judah still wanders with El and is faithful to holy ones.
Then Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the proceeds from the field?
The coming [of the lawless one] is based on Satan's working, with all kinds of false miracles, signs, and wonders,
through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared.
But the cowards, unbelievers, vile, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars-- their share will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death."
Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.
Can a young woman forget her jewelry or a bride her wedding sash? Yet My people have forgotten Me for countless days.
A sound is heard on the barren heights, the children of Israel weeping and begging for mercy, for they have perverted their way; they have forgotten the LORD their God.
[But if] the wicked is shown favor, he does not learn righteousness. In a righteous land he acts unjustly and does not see the majesty of the LORD.
You have done these things, and I kept silent; you thought I was just like you. But I will rebuke you and lay out the case before you.
Because the sentence against a criminal act is not carried out quickly, therefore the heart of people is filled [with the desire] to commit crime.