3 While he was speaking his message, they came bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four men.
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7 Then summoning the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two, giving them authority over unclean spirits.
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mountain called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, about a Sabbath Day's journey distant. 13 On entering the city they went to the upper room where they were accustomed to meet. They were Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James, son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. 14 These all with one mind gave their constant attention to prayer, together with some women, and with Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
1 But some men came down from Judea and attempted to teach the brethren, saying, "Unless you are circumcised according to Moses' custom, you cannot be saved." 2 Now when dispute and controversy sprang up between them and Paul and Barnabas, the brethren appointed Paul and Barnabas, and certain others, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question. 3 So the church saw them off on their journey, and they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria. Here they set forth the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers. 4 Upon their arrival in Jerusalem they were received by the church and the apostles and elders, and they told them all things that God had done with them. 5 But certain men who had belonged to the sect of the Pharisees, but were now believers, stood up and said, "It is necessary to circumcise Gentile, and to order them to keep the Law of Moses." 6 The apostles and elders met to consider the matter; 7 and after there had been a long discussion, Peter rose and said: "Brothers, you know how a good while ago God made choice among you, that from my lips the Gentiles were to hear the message of the gospel and believe. 8 "And God, who knows the hearts of all, gave this testimony in their behalf, by bestowing upon them the Holy Spirit just as he did upon us; 9 "and he made no distinction between us and them, in cleansing their hearts by faith. 10 "Now then, why are you tempting God by laying on the necks of these disciples a yoke which neither our forefathers nor we have been able to bear? 11 "On the contrary we believe that it is by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ that we and they shall be saved." 12 Then the whole assembly remained silent, and listened to Barnabas and Saul as they told the signs and wonders which God had wrought among the Gentiles through them. 13 When they had finished speaking, James said: 14 "Brothers, listen to me. Symeon has told how God first looked graciously upon the Gentiles, to take out from among them a people to be called by his name. 15 "And this is in harmony with the language of the prophets, which says. 16 "After these things I will return, And I will rebuild David's fallen tent; And I will build again its ruins, And I will set it up; 17 "So that the rest of men may seek after the Lord, Even all the Gentiles, who are called by my name, 18 "Says the Lord, who has been making this known from the beginning of the world. 19 "My judgment therefore, is against troubling those who turn to God from among the Gentiles; 20 "but that we should write to them to abstain from the pollution of idols and from fornication, from meat killed by strangling, and from blood. 21 "For Moses from the earliest times has had his preachers in every town where he is read aloud, Sabbath after Sabbath, in the synagogues." 22 Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, together with the whole church, to select some of their number, and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. The men chosen were Judas called Bar-Sabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren. 23 They took with them the following letter. "The apostles and older brothers send greeting to the Gentile Brotherhood throughout Antioch and Syria and Cilicia; 24 "as we have heard that some of your number who went out from us have troubled you with words and upset your souls, without having received any such instruction from us; 25 "we have unanimously decided to select certain men, and to send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul; 26 "men who have risked their very lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 "So we have sent Judas and Silas to tell you the same things by word of mouth. 28 "For it has seemed good to the Holy Ghost and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; 29 "that you abstain from food that has been sacrificed to idols, and from tasting blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication. Keep yourselves clear from these things and it will be well with you. Farewell." 30 So they, when they had been dispatched, went down to Antioch, and after gathering the whole multitude together, they handed them the letter, 31 and when they had read it they rejoiced at the comfort it brought. 32 And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with many a good counsel. 33 After spending some time there the brothers let them go with a greeting of peace to those who had sent them. 34 Silas, however, stayed with them. 35 Paul and Barnabas also stayed in Antioch teaching and proclaiming the word of the Lord, in company with others. 36 And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, "Let is go back and visit the brothers in every city in which we have proclaimed the word of the Lord. Let us see how they fare." 37 Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John, who was called Mark. 38 But Paul thought it unwise to take with them one who had deserted them to the Pamphylia, and had not gone on with them to the work. 39 So there arose a sharp irritation, so that they parted company; Barnabas taking Mark with him, sailed away to Cyprus; 40 while Paul chose Silas, and set forth commended by the brothers to the grace of God. 41 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
1 From Paul, a slave of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for a gospel of God, 2 which through his prophets he promised beforetime, in holy writings; 3 this gospel is concerning his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of David's posterity in respect of his bodily nature, 4 but was by his resurrection from the dead instated as Son of God, with power, in respect of his spirit of holiness. 5 It is through him, even Jesus Christ our Lord, that I received grace and apostleship to promote obedience to the faith among all the Gentiles, for his name's sake; 6 among whom you also are called to be Jesus Christ's. 7 To all that are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints. May God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ, bless you, and give you peace. 8 First I thank my God, through Jesus Christ, for all of you, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout all the world. 9 God is my witness, to whom I render holy service in my spirit in the gospel of his Son, how unceasingly I am ever making mention of you in my prayers, 10 always entreating him that now at length, if such be his will, the way may be made clear for me to come to you. 11 For I am longing so to see you, in order to impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established; 12 that is, that I with you may be encouraged by you, each of us by the other's faith, yours and mine. 13 I want you to know, brothers, that many a time I have planned to come to you—though until now I have been hindered—so as to have some harvest-fruit among you also, even as I have among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 To Greeks and to barbarians, to the cultured and to the uncultured, I have a debt to discharge. 15 So much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. 16 FOR I AM PROUD OF THE GOSPEL. IT IS GOD'S SAVING POWER FOR EVERY ONE WHO BELIEVES. FOR THE JEW FIRST, AND ALSO FOR THE GENTILE. 17 FOR IN IT IS BEING REVEALED A RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH PROCEEDS FROM GOD, FROM FAITH UNTO FAITH; AS IT IS WRITTEN. 18 For God's wrath is ever being revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who smother the truth by their unrighteousness. 19 This is so because that which may be known of God is manifest among them; for God has made it manifest to them. 20 For ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, even his everlasting power and divinity, has been clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made. So they have no excuse. 21 For although they knew God, yet they did not glorify him as God, nor give him thanks; but became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened. 22 While they professed to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the majesty of the imperishable God for an idol, graven in the likeness of perishable man, or of birds and four-footed beasts and creeping things. 24 So God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their own bodies; 25 because they exchanged the truth of God for an untruth, and worshiped and served the creature, rather than the Creator who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 That is why God has given them up to passions of dishonor; for on the one hand their women actually changed the natural function of sex into that which is against nature; 27 and on the other hand their men likewise abandoned the natural use of women, and were ablaze with passion for one another; men with men practising shameless acts and receiving in their own person that recompense of their wrong-doing which necessarily followed. 28 And just as they refused to continue to retain God in their knowledge, so did God cast them out to an outcast mind, to do those things which were indecent. 29 They were overflowing with every kind of iniquity, depravity, greed, and malice. They were full of envy, murder, quarreling, deceit, and malignity. 30 They became whisperers, back-biters, hated of God, insolent, haughty, boastful. They invented sins. They were disobedient to parents. 31 They were without sense, without faith, without natural affection, without mercy. 32 Though they knew well the ordinance of God, that those who practise such vices are worthy of death, they not only continue to do the same, but were even applauding those who practise vice.
40 Let everything be done decently and in order.
3 and endeavor to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace.
1 If then there is any comfort in Christ, if there is any persuasive power in love, if there is any companionship of the Spirit, if there is any tenderness or pity, 2 I entreat you to make my joy overflow by living in harmony; possessing the same love, and with one soul united in one purpose. 3 Do nothing out of strife, nothing out of vanity, but let each one in true humility consider the others to be of more account than himself. 4 Let each have an eye not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though from the beginning he had the nature of God, did not reckon equality with God something to be forcibly retained, 7 but emptied himself of his glory by taking the form of a slave, when he was born in the likeness of men. 8 More than this, after he had shone himself in human form, he humbled himself in his obedience even to death; yes, and to death on a cross. 9 And for this God highly exalted him, and graciously bestowed upon him the name which is above every name; 10 that in the name of Jesus every knee in heaven, on earth, and under the earth should bend, 11 and every tongue confess that "Jesus Christ is Lord," to the glory of God the Father. 12 And so, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, with reverence and self-distrust work out your own salvation; 13 for it is God who, in his good-will is ever working in you both will and deed. 14 Do everything without grumbling and disputes, 15 that you may become blameless and innocent, the sons of God, without rebuke in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like stars in a dark world, 16 holding out a message of life. Thus it will be my boast at the day of Christ that I have not run in vain, or toiled for nothing. 17 Nay, even if my life is to be poured out as a libation upon the sacrifice and service of you faith, 18 I will rejoice and congratulate you all; and in the same way you must rejoice and congratulate me. 19 Now I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you before long, so that I may be of good comfort when I learn the news concerning you. 20 For I have no other like him with a genuine concern for your welfare, 21 for they are all seeking their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 And you know Timothy's worth, how he has shared my servitude in furtherance of the gospel, like a son helping his father. 23 So I hope to send him, as soon as ever I see how it will go with me; 24 but I trust in the Lord that I also shall come shortly. 25 Epaphroditus, my brother and coworker and fellow soldier, who is your messenger and minister to my needs, I have thought it necessary to send to you; 26 for he has been homesick for you all, and distressed at your having heard of his illness. 27 And indeed he was sick nigh unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not on him only, but on me also so that I should not have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I have been the more eager to send him, in order that you may rejoice in seeing him again, and that I may have one sorrow less. 29 Receive him then in the Lord with all joy, and hold in honor men like him; 30 for it was through the work of the Lord that he came near to death; for he hazarded his very life to supply what was lacking in the help you sent me.