So the preaching about God flourished, the number of the disciples in Jerusalem multiplied greatly, and a large group of priests became obedient to the faith.
So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about 3,000 people were added to them.
praising God and having favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to them those who were being saved.
But many of those who heard the message believed, and the number of the men came to about 5,000.
Believers were added to the Lord in increasing numbers-- crowds of both men and women.
"Didn't we strictly order you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to bring this man's blood on us!"
May there be plenty of grain in the land; may it wave on the tops of the mountains. May its crops be like Lebanon. May people flourish in the cities like the grass of the field.
Your people will volunteer on Your day of battle. In holy splendor, from the womb of the dawn, the dew of Your youth belongs to You.
In days to come, Jacob will take root. Israel will blossom and bloom and fill the whole world with fruit.
Thanksgiving will come out of them, a sound of celebration. I will multiply them, and they will not decrease; I will honor them, and they will not be insignificant.
Nor should we complain as some of them did, and were killed by the destroyer.
Let brotherly love continue.
Or do you think it's without reason the Scripture says that the Spirit He has caused to live in us yearns jealously?
Brothers, do not complain about one another, so that you will not be judged. Look, the judge stands at the door!
He conversed and debated with the Hellenistic Jews, but they attempted to kill him.
But there were some of them, Cypriot and Cyrenian men, who came to Antioch and began speaking to the Hellenists, proclaiming the good news about the Lord Jesus.
Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I.
circumcised the eighth day; of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee;
So 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.
He gave her his hand and helped her stand up. Then he called the saints and widows and presented her alive.
"When you reap the harvest in your field, and you forget a sheaf in the field, do not go back to get it. It is to be left for the foreign resident, the fatherless, and the widow, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.
When you knock down the fruit from your olive tree, you must not go over the branches again. What remains will be for the foreign resident, the fatherless, and the widow.
When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you must not glean what is left. What remains will be for the foreign resident, the fatherless, and the widow.
"When you have finished paying all the tenth of your produce in the third year, the year of the tenth, you are to give [it] to the Levite, the foreign resident, the fatherless, and the widow, so that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied.
The dying man blessed me, and I made the widow's heart rejoice.
If I have refused the wishes of the poor or let the widow's eyes go blind,
Learn to do what is good. Seek justice. Correct the oppressor. Defend the rights of the fatherless. Plead the widow's cause.
Father and mother are treated with contempt, and the foreign resident is exploited within you. The fatherless and widow are oppressed in you.
"I will come to you in judgment, and I will be ready to witness against sorcerers and adulterers; against those who swear falsely; against those who oppress the widow and the fatherless, and cheat the wage earner; and against those who deny [justice to] the foreigner. They do not fear Me," says the LORD of Hosts.
[["Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You devour widows' houses and make long prayers just for show. This is why you will receive a harsher punishment.]]
But if any widow has children or grandchildren, they should learn to practice their religion toward their own family first and to repay their parents, for this pleases God.
The real widow, left all alone, has put her hope in God and continues night and day in her petitions and prayers;
No widow should be placed on the official support list unless she is at least 60 years old, has been the wife of one husband,
Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
So they sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as anyone had a need.
and laid them at the apostles' feet. This was then distributed to each person as anyone had a need.