As usual, Paul went to them, and on three Sabbath days reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
Now present yourselves, so I may judge you before the LORD about all the righteous acts He has done for you and your ancestors.
"Come, let us discuss this," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are as red as crimson, they will be like wool.
"Submit your case," says the LORD. "Present your arguments," says Jacob's King.
Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.
but set apart the Messiah as Lord in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.
And I have a hope in God, which these men themselves also accept, that there is going to be a resurrection, both of the righteous and the unrighteous.
At the same time he was also hoping that money would be given to him by Paul. For this reason he sent for him quite often and conversed with him.
The God of Israel spoke; the Rock of Israel said to me, "The one who rules the people with justice, who rules in the fear of God,
I clothed myself in righteousness, and it enveloped me; my just decisions were like a robe and a turban.
For the LORD is righteous; He loves righteous deeds. The upright will see His face.
You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you, more than your companions, with the oil of joy.
[For the choir director: "Do Not Destroy." A Davidic Miktam.] Do you really speak righteously, you mighty ones? Do you judge people fairly?
No, you practice injustice in your hearts; with your hands you weigh out violence in the land.
He will judge Your people with righteousness and Your afflicted ones with justice.
[A psalm of Asaph.] God has taken His place in the divine assembly; He judges among the gods:
"How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
Provide justice for the needy and the fatherless; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.
Rescue the poor and needy; save them from the hand of the wicked."
Wicked behavior is detestable to kings, since a throne is established through righteousness.
I also observed under the sun: there is wickedness at the place of judgment and there is wickedness at the place of righteousness.
The faithful city-- what an adulteress she has become! She was once full of justice. Righteousness once dwelt in her-- but now, murderers!
Then in the tent of David a throne will be established by faithful love. A judge who seeks what is right and is quick to execute justice will sit on the throne forever.
For I the LORD love justice; I hate robbery and injustice; I will faithfully reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them.
This is what the LORD says: Administer justice and righteousness. Rescue the victim of robbery from the hand of his oppressor. Don't exploit or brutalize the alien, the fatherless, or the widow. Don't shed innocent blood in this place.
Are you a king because you excel in cedar? Your own father, did he not eat and drink? He administered justice and righteousness, then it went well with him.
He took up the case of the poor and needy, then it went well. Is this not what it means to know Me? [This is] the LORD's declaration.
But you have eyes and heart for nothing except your own unjust gain, shedding innocent blood and committing extortion and oppression.
"This is what the Lord God says: You have gone too far, princes of Israel! Put away violence and oppression and do what is just and right. Put an end to your evictions of My people." [This is] the declaration of the Lord God.
Therefore, may my advice seem good to you my king. Separate yourself from your sins by doing what is right, and from your injustices by showing mercy to the needy. Perhaps there will be an extension of your prosperity."
They speak [mere] words, taking false oaths while making covenants. So lawsuits break out like poisonous weeds in the furrows of a field.
Sow righteousness for yourselves and reap faithful love; break up your untilled ground. It is time to seek the LORD until He comes and sends righteousness on you like the rain.
But let justice flow like water, and righteousness, like an unfailing stream.
Do horses run on rock, or does someone plow [it] with oxen? Yet you have turned justice into poison and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood--
When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment:
Little children, let no one deceive you! The one who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous.
This is how God's children-- and the Devil's children-- are made evident. Whoever does not do what is right is not of God, especially the one who does not love his brother.
Don't spend your energy on women or your efforts on those who destroy kings.
It is not for kings, Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine or for rulers [to desire] beer.
Otherwise, they will drink, forget what is decreed, and pervert justice for all the oppressed.
Woe to you, land, when your king is a household servant, and your princes feast in the morning.
Blessed are you, land, when your king is a son of nobles and your princes feast at the proper time-- for strength and not for drunkenness.
a spirit of justice to the one who sits in judgment, and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.
These also stagger because of wine and stumble under the influence of beer: priest and prophet stagger because of beer, they are confused by wine. They stumble because of beer, they are muddled in [their] visions, they stumble in [their] judgments.
King Belshazzar held a great feast for 1,000 of his nobles and drank wine in their presence.
Under the influence of the wine, Belshazzar gave orders to bring in the gold and silver vessels that his predecessor Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, wives, and concubines could drink from them.
So they brought in the gold vessels that had been taken from the temple, the house of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, wives, and concubines drank from them.
They drank the wine and praised their gods made of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.
On the day of our king, the princes are sick with the heat of wine-- there is a conspiracy with traitors.
John had been telling Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife!"
So Herodias held a grudge against him and wanted to kill him. But she could not,
because Herod was in awe of John and was protecting him, knowing he was a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard him he would be very disturbed, yet would hear him gladly.
Now an opportune time came on his birthday, when Herod gave a banquet for his nobles, military commanders, and the leading men of Galilee.
When Herodias' own daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests. The king said to the girl, "Ask me whatever you want, and I'll give it to you."
So he swore oaths to her: "Whatever you ask me I will give you, up to half my kingdom."
Then she went out and said to her mother, "What should I ask for?" "John the Baptist's head!" she said.
gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.
For the grace of God has appeared, with salvation for all people,
instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age,
In regard to this, they are surprised that you don't plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation-- and they slander you.
knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness,
He commanded us to preach to the people, and to solemnly testify that He is the One appointed by God to be the Judge of the living and the dead.
But when the Jews from Thessalonica found out that God's message had been proclaimed by Paul at Beroea, they came there too, agitating and disturbing the crowds.
Our God is coming; He will not be silent! Devouring fire precedes Him, and a storm rages around Him.
On high, He summons heaven and earth in order to judge His people.
I said to myself, "God will judge the righteous and the wicked, since there is a time for every activity and every work."
If you see oppression of the poor and perversion of justice and righteousness in the province, don't be astonished at the situation, because one official protects another official, and higher officials [protect] them.
Rejoice, young man, while you are young, and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth. And walk in the ways of your heart and in the sights of your eyes; but know that for all of these things God will bring you to judgment.
For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil.
Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to eternal life, and some to shame and eternal contempt.
"When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.
Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;
I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you took care of Me; I was in prison and you visited Me.'
"Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink?
When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or without clothes and clothe You?
When did we see You sick, or in prison, and visit You?'
"And the King will answer them, 'I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.'
Then He will also say to those on the left, 'Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!
For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink;
I was a stranger and you didn't take Me in; I was naked and you didn't clothe Me, sick and in prison and you didn't take care of Me.'
"Then they too will answer, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or without clothes, or sick, or in prison, and not help You?'
"Then He will answer them, 'I assure you: Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me either.'
"And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
on the day when God judges what people have kept secret, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.
So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
Therefore don't judge anything prematurely, before the Lord comes, who will both bring to light what is hidden in darkness and reveal the intentions of the hearts. And then praise will come to each one from God.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or bad.
and [to reward] with rest you who are afflicted, along with us. [This will take place] at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with His powerful angels,
taking vengeance with flaming fire on those who don't know God and on those who don't obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
These will pay the penalty of everlasting destruction, away from the Lord's presence and from His glorious strength,
in that day when He comes to be glorified by His saints and to be admired by all those who have believed, because our testimony among you was believed.
Before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom, I solemnly charge you:
teaching about ritual washings, laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
And just as it is appointed for people to die once-- and after this, judgment--
They will give an account to the One who stands ready to judge the living and the dead.
Then I saw a great white throne and One seated on it. Earth and heaven fled from His presence, and no place was found for them.
I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books.
Then the sea gave up its dead, and Death and Hades gave up their dead; all were judged according to their works.
Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
And anyone not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
When they heard this, they were pierced to the heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: "Brothers, what must we do?"
"But get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."
Then the jailer called for lights, rushed in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.
When Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put sackcloth over his body, and fasted. He lay down in sackcloth and walked around subdued.
because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would become a desolation and a curse, and because you have torn your clothes and wept before Me, I Myself have heard you-- declares the LORD.
Let us therefore make a covenant before our God to send away all the [foreign] wives and their children, according to the counsel of my lord and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God. Let it be done according to the law.
So all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered in Jerusalem within the three days. On the twentieth [day] of the ninth month, all the people sat in the square at the house of God, trembling because of this matter and because of the heavy rain.
The LORD reigns! Let the peoples tremble. He is enthroned above the cherubim. Let the earth quake.
I tremble in awe of You; I fear Your judgments.
Shudder, you complacent ones; tremble, you overconfident ones! Strip yourselves bare and put [ sackcloth] about your waists.
My hand made all these things, and so they all came into being. [This is] the LORD's declaration. I will look favorably on this kind of person: one who is humble, submissive in spirit, and who trembles at My word.
"Is not My word like fire"-- the LORD's declaration-- "and like a sledgehammer that pulverizes rock?
I heard, and I trembled within; my lips quivered at the sound. Rottenness entered my bones; I trembled where I stood. Now I must quietly wait for the day of distress to come against the people invading us.
Now we know that whatever the law says speaks to those who are subject to the law, so that every mouth may be shut and the whole world may become subject to God's judgment.
For no flesh will be justified in His sight by the works of the law, for through the law [comes] the knowledge of sin.
But if all are prophesying, and some unbeliever or uninformed person comes in, he is convicted by all and is judged by all.
The secrets of his heart will be revealed, and as a result he will fall down on his face and worship God, proclaiming, "God is really among you."
But the Scripture has imprisoned everything under sin's power, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
Therefore, while the promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear so that none of you should miss it.
For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as to divide soul, spirit, joints, and marrow; it is a judge of the ideas and thoughts of the heart.
And the appearance was so terrifying that Moses said, I am terrified and trembling.)
You believe that God is one; you do well. The demons also believe-- and they shudder.
Then he escorted them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved-- you and your household."
Then they spoke the message of the Lord to him along with everyone in his house.
He took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds. Right away he and all his family were baptized.
He brought them up into his house, set a meal before them, and rejoiced because he had believed God with his entire household.
Then Agrippa said to Paul, "Are you going to persuade me to become a Christian so easily?"
Then the king of Israel ordered, "Take Micaiah and return him to Amon, the governor of the city, and to Joash, the king's son,
and say, 'This is what the king says: Put this guy in prison and feed him only bread and water until I come back safely.'"
Since I called out and you refused, extended my hand and no one paid attention,
since you neglected all my counsel and did not accept my correction,
I, in turn, will laugh at your calamity. I will mock when terror strikes you,
when terror strikes you like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when trouble and stress overcome you.
Then they will call me, but I won't answer; they will search for me, but won't find me.
Because they hated knowledge, didn't choose to fear the LORD,
were not interested in my counsel, and rejected all my correction,
they will eat the fruit of their way and be glutted with their own schemes.
For the waywardness of the inexperienced will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.
King Zedekiah later sent [for him] and received him, and in his house privately asked him, "Is there a word from the LORD?" "There is," Jeremiah responded, and he continued, "You will be handed over to the king of Babylon."
Then Jeremiah said to King Zedekiah, "How have I sinned against you or your servants or these people that you have put me in prison?
Where are your prophets who prophesied to you, claiming, 'The king of Babylon will not come against you and this land'?
So now please listen, my lord the king. May my petition come before you. Don't send me back to the house of Jonathan the scribe, or I will die there."
So King Zedekiah gave orders, and Jeremiah was placed in the guard's courtyard. He was given a loaf of bread each day from the baker's street until all the bread was gone from the city. So Jeremiah remained in the guard's courtyard.
King Zedekiah sent for Jeremiah the prophet and received him at the third entrance of the LORD's temple. The king said to Jeremiah, "I am going to ask you something; don't hide anything from me."
Jeremiah replied to Zedekiah, "If I tell you, you will kill me, won't you? Besides, if I give you advice, you won't listen to me anyway."
King Zedekiah swore to Jeremiah in private, "As the LORD lives, who has given us this life, I will not kill you or hand you over to these men who want to take your life."
Jeremiah therefore said to Zedekiah, "This is what the LORD, the God of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: 'If indeed you surrender to the officials of the king of Babylon, then you will live, this city will not be burned down, and you and your household will survive.
But if you do not surrender to the officials of the king of Babylon, then this city will be handed over to the Chaldeans. They will burn it down, and you yourself will not escape from them.'"
But King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, "I am worried about the Judeans who have deserted to the Chaldeans. They may hand me over to them to abuse me."
"They will not hand you over," Jeremiah replied. "Obey the voice of the LORD in what I am telling you, so it may go well for you and you can live.
But if you refuse to surrender, this is the verdict that the LORD has shown me:
'All the women who remain in the palace of Judah's king will be brought out to the officials of the king of Babylon and will say: Your trusted friends misled you and overcame you. Your feet sank into the mire, and they deserted you.
All your wives and sons will be brought out to the Chaldeans. You yourself will not escape from them, for you will be seized by the king of Babylon and this city will burn down.'"
Then Zedekiah warned Jeremiah, "Don't let anyone know about these things or you will die.
If the officials hear that I have spoken with you and come and demand of you, 'Tell us what you said to the king; don't hide anything from us and we won't kill you. Also, what did the king say to you?'
then you will tell them, 'I was bringing before the king my petition that he not return me to the house of Jonathan to die there.'"
When all the officials came to Jeremiah and questioned him, he reported the exact words to them the king had commanded, and they quit speaking with him because nothing had been heard.
Jeremiah remained in the guard's courtyard until the day Jerusalem was captured, and he was [there] when it happened.
Though he wanted to kill him, he feared the crowd, since they regarded him as a prophet.
But when Herod's birthday celebration came, Herodias' daughter danced before them and pleased Herod.
So he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask.
And prompted by her mother, she answered, "Give me John the Baptist's head here on a platter!"
Although the king regretted it, he commanded that it be granted because of his oaths and his guests.
So he sent orders and had John beheaded in the prison.
"But they paid no attention and went away, one to his own farm, another to his business.
"Then the kingdom of heaven will be like 10 virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom.
Five of them were foolish and five were sensible.
When the foolish took their lamps, they didn't take oil with them.
But the sensible ones took oil in their flasks with their lamps.
Since the groom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
"In the middle of the night there was a shout: 'Here's the groom! Come out to meet him.'
"Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.
But the foolish ones said to the sensible ones, 'Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.'
"The sensible ones answered, 'No, there won't be enough for us and for you. Go instead to those who sell, and buy oil for yourselves.'
"When they had gone to buy some, the groom arrived. Then those who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet, and the door was shut.
When they heard about resurrection of the dead, some began to ridicule him. But others said, "We will hear you about this again."
Don't give sleep to your eyes or slumber to your eyelids.
Escape like a gazelle from a hunter, like a bird from a fowler's trap.
Seek the LORD while He may be found; call to Him while He is near.
"The LORD of Hosts says this: These people say: The time has not come for the house of the LORD to be rebuilt."
"Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and won't be able
once the homeowner gets up and shuts the door. Then you will stand outside and knock on the door, saying, 'Lord, open up for us!' He will answer you, 'I don't know you or where you're from.'
"Just as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man:
people went on eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the day Noah boarded the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
It will be the same as it was in the days of Lot: people went on eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building.
But on the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all.
For He says: In an acceptable time, I heard you, and in the day of salvation, I helped you. Look, now is the acceptable time; look, now is the day of salvation.
Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: Today, if you hear His voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the desert,
But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin's deception.
Let us then make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall into the same pattern of disobedience.
Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit."
You don't even know what tomorrow will bring-- what your life will be! For you are a bit of smoke that appears for a little while, then vanishes.