14 For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators(A) of God’s churches in Judea,(B) which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people(C) the same things those churches suffered from the Jews

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We sent Timothy,(A) who is our brother and co-worker(B) in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ,(C) to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials.(D) For you know quite well that we are destined for them.(E) In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know.(F) For this reason, when I could stand it no longer,(G) I sent to find out about your faith.(H) I was afraid that in some way the tempter(I) had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain.(J)

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But other Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city.(A) They rushed to Jason’s(B) house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd.[a] But when they did not find them, they dragged(C) Jason and some other believers(D) before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world(E) have now come here,(F) and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.”(G) When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil. Then they made Jason(H) and the others post bond and let them go.

In Berea

10 As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas(I) away to Berea.(J) On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue.(K)

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  1. Acts 17:5 Or the assembly of the people

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