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ACTS 4

1. And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, 2. greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3. And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4. But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand. 5. On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, 6. with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. 7. And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” 8. Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, 9. if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, 10. let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. 11. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” 13. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. 14. But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. 15. But when they had commanded them to leave the council, they conferred with one another, 16. saying, “What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is evident to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17. But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.” 18. So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19. But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20. for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” 21. And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened. 22. For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old. 23. When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24. And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25. who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, “ ‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? 26. The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed’— 27. for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28. to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29. And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30. while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31. And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. 32. Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35. and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 36. Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, 37. sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

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ACTS 3

1. Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. 3. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. 4. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” 5. And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6. But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” 7. And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10. and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. 11. While he clung to Peter and John, all the people, utterly astounded, ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s. 12. And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? 13. The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. 14. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15. and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 16. And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all. 17. “And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18. But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. 19. Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, 20. that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21. whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. 22. Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. 23. And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’ 24. And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days. 25. You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’ 26. God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.”

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ACTS 2

1. When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8. And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9. Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10. Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11. both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12. And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13. But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.” 14. But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15. For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: 17. “ ‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; 18. even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. 19. And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; 20. the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day. 21. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ 22. “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23. this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25. For David says concerning him, “ ‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; 26. therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. 27. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption. 28. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’ 29. “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31. he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, 35. until I make your enemies your footstool.’ 36. Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” 37. Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38. And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40. And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41. So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. 42. And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47. praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

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ACTS 1

1. In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2. until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4. And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5. for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6. So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7. He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9. And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11. and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” 12. Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. 13. And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14. All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. 15. In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16. “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17. For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” 18. (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. 19. And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20. “For it is written in the Book of Psalms, “ ‘May his camp become desolate, and let there be no one to dwell in it’; and “ ‘Let another take his office.’ 21. So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22. beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” 23. And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. 24. And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen 25. to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26. And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

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LUKE 24

1. But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3. but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6. He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7. that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” 8. And they remembered his words, 9. and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11. but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened. 13. That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14. and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17. And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19. And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20. and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23. and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25. And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26. Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27. And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. 28. So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29. but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32. They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33. And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34. saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35. Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. 36. As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 37. But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38. And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39. See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40. And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41. And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42. They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43. and he took it and ate before them. 44. Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45. Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46. and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47. and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48. You are witnesses of these things. 49. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” 50. Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51. While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52. And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53. and were continually in the temple blessing God.

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LUKE 23

1. Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. 2. And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.” 3. And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 4. Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” 5. But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.” 6. When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7. And when he learned that he belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. 8. When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. 9. So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. 10. The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11. And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. 12. And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other. 13. Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14. and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. 15. Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him. 16. I will therefore punish and release him.” 18. But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”— 19. a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder. 20. Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, 21. but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” 22. A third time he said to them, “Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” 23. But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. 24. So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. 25. He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will. 26. And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. 27. And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. 28. But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30. Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31. For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?” 32. Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33. And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35. And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36. The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37. and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38. There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” 39. One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40. But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41. And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42. And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43. And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” 44. It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45. while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 47. Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” 48. And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 49. And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things. 50. Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, 51. who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. 52. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53. Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. 54. It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. 55. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56. Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

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LUKE 22

1. Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover. 2. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death, for they feared the people. 3. Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. 4. He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them. 5. And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. 6. So he consented and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of a crowd. 7. Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8. So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it.” 9. They said to him, “Where will you have us prepare it?” 10. He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters 11. and tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12. And he will show you a large upper room furnished; prepare it there.” 13. And they went and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover. 14. And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. 15. And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16. For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17. And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. 18. For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19. And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20. And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. 21. But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. 22. For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” 23. And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this. 24. A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25. And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. 27. For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves. 28. “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, 29. and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, 30. that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 31. “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, 32. but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” 33. Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” 34. Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.” 35. And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” 36. He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. 37. For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’For what is written about me has its fulfillment.” 38. And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.” 39. And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. 40. And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41. And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42. saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43. And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45. And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46. and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 47. While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, 48. but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” 49. And when those who were around him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” 50. And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51. But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. 52. Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders, who had come out against him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53. When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” 54. Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance. 55. And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. 56. Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.” 57. But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” 58. And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” 59. And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.” 60. But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62. And he went out and wept bitterly. 63. Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking him as they beat him. 64. They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” 65. And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him. 66. When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes. And they led him away to their council, and they said, 67. “If you are the Christ, tell us.” But he said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, 68. and if I ask you, you will not answer. 69. But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” 70. So they all said, “Are you the Son of God, then?” And he said to them, “You say that I am.” 71. Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips.”

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1. Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, 2. and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. 3. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. 4. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” 5. And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, 6. “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” 7. And they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” 8. And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’and, ‘The time is at hand!’Do not go after them. 9. And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.” 10. Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. 12. But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. 13. This will be your opportunity to bear witness. 14. Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, 15. for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. 16. You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. 17. You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. 18. But not a hair of your head will perish. 19. By your endurance you will gain your lives. 20. “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. 21. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it, 22. for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. 23. Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people. 24. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. 25. “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26. people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” 29. And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30. As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. 31. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. 33. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 34. “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. 35. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” 37. And every day he was teaching in the temple, but at night he went out and lodged on the mount called Olivet. 38. And early in the morning all the people came to him in the temple to hear him.

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1. One day, as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up 2. and said to him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority.” 3. He answered them, “I also will ask you a question. Now tell me, 4. was the baptism of John from heaven or from man?” 5. And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ 6. But if we say, ‘From man,’all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.” 7. So they answered that they did not know where it came from. 8. And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” 9. And he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while. 10. When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11. And he sent another servant. But they also beat and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12. And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out. 13. Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’ 14. But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15. And they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16. He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “Surely not!” 17. But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written: “ ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’? 18. Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” 19. The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. 20. So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor. 21. So they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality, but truly teach the way of God. 22. Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?” 23. But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, 24. “Show me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar’s.” 25. He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 26. And they were not able in the presence of the people to catch him in what he said, but marveling at his answer they became silent. 27. There came to him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, 28. and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29. Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died without children. 30. And the second 31. and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and died. 32. Afterward the woman also died. 33. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had her as wife.” 34. And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, 35. but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, 36. for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. 37. But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. 38. Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.” 39. Then some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.” 40. For they no longer dared to ask him any question. 41. But he said to them, “How can they say that the Christ is David’s son? 42. For David himself says in the Book of Psalms, “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, 43. until I make your enemies your footstool.’ 44. David thus calls him Lord, so how is he his son?” 45. And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, 46. “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 47. who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

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