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October 13 - Old & New Testament

Jump to: Micah 6,7Acts 22

Micah 6,7

The Lord's Case Against Israel

1 Listen to what the Lord says:

"Stand up, plead my case before the mountains;(a)
     let the hills hear what you have to say.

2 "Hear,(b) you mountains, the Lord 's accusation;(c)
     listen, you everlasting foundations of the earth.
For the Lord has a case(d) against his people;
     he is lodging a charge(e) against Israel.

3 "My people, what have I done to you?
     How have I burdened(f) you?(g) Answer me.
4 I brought you up out of Egypt(h)
     and redeemed you from the land of slavery.(i)
I sent Moses(j) to lead you,
     also Aaron(k) and Miriam.(l)
5 My people, remember
     what Balak(m) king of Moab plotted
     and what Balaam son of Beor answered.
Remember your journey from Shittim(n) to Gilgal,(o)
     that you may know the righteous acts(p) of the Lord ."

6 With what shall I come before(q) the Lord
     and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
     with calves a year old?(r)
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,(s)
     with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?(t)
Shall I offer my firstborn(u) for my transgression,
     the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?(v)
8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
     And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly(w) and to love mercy
     and to walk humbly[a](x) with your God.(y)

Israel's Guilt and Punishment

9 Listen! The Lord is calling to the city—
     and to fear your name is wisdom—
     "Heed the rod(z) and the One who appointed it.[b]
10 Am I still to forget your ill-gotten treasures, you wicked house,
     and the short ephah,[c] which is accursed?(aa)
11 Shall I acquit someone with dishonest scales,(ab)
     with a bag of false weights?(ac)
12 Your rich people are violent;(ad)
     your inhabitants are liars(ae)
     and their tongues speak deceitfully.(af)
13 Therefore, I have begun to destroy(ag) you,
     to ruin[d] you because of your sins.
14 You will eat but not be satisfied;(ah)
     your stomach will still be empty.[e]
You will store up but save nothing,(ai)
     because what you save[f] I will give to the sword.
15 You will plant but not harvest;(aj)
     you will press olives but not use the oil,
     you will crush grapes but not drink the wine.(ak)
16 You have observed the statutes of Omri(al)
     and all the practices of Ahab's(am) house;
     you have followed their traditions.(an)
Therefore I will give you over to ruin(ao)
     and your people to derision;
     you will bear the scorn(ap) of the nations.[g]"

Israel's Misery

1 What misery is mine!
I am like one who gathers summer fruit
     at the gleaning of the vineyard;
there is no cluster of grapes to eat,
     none of the early figs(a) that I crave.
2 The faithful have been swept from the land;(b)
     not one(c) upright person remains.
Everyone lies in wait(d) to shed blood;(e)
     they hunt each other(f) with nets.(g)
3 Both hands are skilled in doing evil;(h)
     the ruler demands gifts,
the judge accepts bribes,(i)
     the powerful dictate what they desire—
     they all conspire together.
4 The best of them is like a brier,(j)
     the most upright worse than a thorn(k) hedge.
The day God visits you has come,
     the day your watchmen sound the alarm.
     Now is the time of your confusion.(l)
5 Do not trust a neighbor;
     put no confidence in a friend.(m)
Even with the woman who lies in your embrace
     guard the words of your lips.
6 For a son dishonors his father,
     a daughter rises up against her mother,(n)
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
     a man's enemies are the members of his own household.(o)

7 But as for me, I watch(p) in hope(q) for the Lord ,
     I wait for God my Savior;
     my God will hear(r) me.

Israel Will Rise

8 Do not gloat over me,(s) my enemy!
     Though I have fallen, I will rise.(t)
Though I sit in darkness,
     the Lord will be my light.(u)
9 Because I have sinned against him,
     I will bear the Lord 's wrath,(v)
until he pleads my case(w)
     and upholds my cause.
He will bring me out into the light;(x)
     I will see his righteousness.(y)
10 Then my enemy will see it
     and will be covered with shame,(z)
she who said to me,
     "Where is the Lord your God?"(aa)
My eyes will see her downfall;(ab)
     even now she will be trampled(ac) underfoot
     like mire in the streets.

11 The day for building your walls(ad) will come,
     the day for extending your boundaries.
12 In that day people will come to you
     from Assyria(ae) and the cities of Egypt,
even from Egypt to the Euphrates
     and from sea to sea
     and from mountain to mountain.(af)
13 The earth will become desolate because of its inhabitants,
     as the result of their deeds.(ag)

Prayer and Praise

14 Shepherd(ah) your people with your staff,(ai)
     the flock of your inheritance,
which lives by itself in a forest,
     in fertile pasturelands.[a](aj)
Let them feed in Bashan(ak) and Gilead(al)
     as in days long ago.(am)

15 "As in the days when you came out of Egypt,
     I will show them my wonders.(an)"

16 Nations will see and be ashamed,(ao)
     deprived of all their power.
They will put their hands over their mouths(ap)
     and their ears will become deaf.
17 They will lick dust(aq) like a snake,
     like creatures that crawl on the ground.
They will come trembling(ar) out of their dens;
     they will turn in fear(as) to the Lord our God
     and will be afraid of you.
18 Who is a God(at) like you,
     who pardons sin(au) and forgives(av) the transgression
     of the remnant(aw) of his inheritance?(ax)
You do not stay angry(ay) forever
     but delight to show mercy.(az)
19 You will again have compassion on us;
     you will tread our sins underfoot
     and hurl all our iniquities(ba) into the depths of the sea.(bb)
20 You will be faithful to Jacob,
     and show love to Abraham,(bc)
as you pledged on oath to our ancestors(bd)
     in days long ago.(be)

Acts 22

Chapter 22

1 "Brothers and fathers,(a) listen now to my defense."

2 When they heard him speak to them in Aramaic,(b) they became very quiet.

Then Paul said: 3 "I am a Jew,(c) born in Tarsus(d) of Cilicia,(e) but brought up in this city. I studied under(f) Gamaliel(g) and was thoroughly trained in the law of our ancestors.(h) I was just as zealous(i) for God as any of you are today. 4 I persecuted(j) the followers of this Way(k) to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison,(l) 5 as the high priest and all the Council(m) can themselves testify. I even obtained letters from them to their associates(n) in Damascus,(o) and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished.

6 "About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me.(p) 7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?'

8 "‘Who are you, Lord?' I asked.

" ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth,(q) whom you are persecuting,' he replied. 9 My companions saw the light,(r) but they did not understand the voice(s) of him who was speaking to me.

10 "‘What shall I do, Lord?' I asked.

" ‘Get up,' the Lord said, ‘and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.'(t) 11 My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.(u)

12 "A man named Ananias came to see me.(v) He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there.(w) 13 He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!' And at that very moment I was able to see him.

14 "Then he said: ‘The God of our ancestors(x) has chosen you to know his will and to see(y) the Righteous One(z) and to hear words from his mouth. 15 You will be his witness(aa) to all people of what you have seen(ab) and heard. 16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized(ac) and wash your sins away,(ad) calling on his name.'(ae)

17 "When I returned to Jerusalem(af) and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance(ag) 18 and saw the Lord speaking to me. ‘Quick!' he said. ‘Leave Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about me.'

19 "‘Lord,' I replied, ‘these people know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison(ah) and beat(ai) those who believe in you. 20 And when the blood of your martyr[a] Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.'(aj)

21 "Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.' "(ak)

Paul the Roman Citizen

22 The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Then they raised their voices and shouted, "Rid the earth of him!(al) He's not fit to live!"(am)

23 As they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks(an) and flinging dust into the air,(ao) 24 the commander ordered that Paul be taken into the barracks.(ap) He directed(aq) that he be flogged and interrogated in order to find out why the people were shouting at him like this. 25 As they stretched him out to flog him, Paul said to the centurion standing there, "Is it legal for you to flog a Roman citizen who hasn't even been found guilty?"(ar)

26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and reported it. "What are you going to do?" he asked. "This man is a Roman citizen."

27 The commander went to Paul and asked, "Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?"

"Yes, I am," he answered.

28 Then the commander said, "I had to pay a lot of money for my citizenship."

"But I was born a citizen," Paul replied.

29 Those who were about to interrogate him(as) withdrew immediately. The commander himself was alarmed when he realized that he had put Paul, a Roman citizen,(at) in chains.(au)

Paul Before the Sanhedrin

30 The commander wanted to find out exactly why Paul was being accused by the Jews.(av) So the next day he released him(aw) and ordered the chief priests and all the members of the Sanhedrin(ax) to assemble. Then he brought Paul and had him stand before them.

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